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Dhaka Tribune

GAZIPUR TRAIN COLLISION

Rail communication restored after 32 hrs 

  • Damaged tracks repaired 
  • All the bogies of the derailed train had been salvaged
Update : 04 May 2024, 10:41 PM

Rail communication between Dhaka and the northern districts of the country resumed on Saturday evening 32 hours after the train accident in Gazipur’s Joydebpur.

Train services resumed at 6:30pm after the damaged tracks were repaired.

Joydebpur Railway Junction Station Master Hanif Mia said: “All the bogies of the derailed train have been salvaged. The damaged bogies and oil wagons were removed around 6pm. The upline is clear now.”

Meanwhile, passengers suffered immensely as the schedule of trains running between Dhaka and the northern districts of Bangladesh was disrupted by the train accident on Friday.

Seven coaches of an empty Dhaka-Tangail commuter train were derailed after the train rammed into a stationary oil tanker train at Joydebpur.

Seven people, including the locomaster of the train, were injured in the accident.

In response to the accident, the authorities concerned formed three probe committees to investigate the causes and contributing factors of the collision.

After the Gazipur train derailment, the Station Master Hashem, pointsman Saddam Hossain, and Mostafizur Rahman at Joydebpur Railway Junction were temporarily suspended by the railway authorities. 

Additionally, locomotive masters Sharif Mahmud, 38, Habibur Rahman, 58, and assistant locomotive master Sobuj Hasan, 46, were injured and were being treated at Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital in Gazipur.

Passengers suffer as train schedules collapse

Passengers suffered immensely due to the collapse of the schedule of trains running between Dhaka and the northern districts following Friday’s accident.

Kamalapur Railway Station was busy with a crowd of passengers eagerly awaiting their trains in the scorching heat on Saturday.

Inside the station and on the platform, every seat was seen occupied.

The Rangpur Express was scheduled to leave Kamalapur Railway Station for Rangpur at 9:10am. 

Due to the schedule debacle, the train could not reach Dhaka's Kamalapur Station even at 2:30pm, more than five hours late.

The Agnibina Express, destined for Jamalpur's Tarakandi from Dhaka, was supposed to depart from the station at 11:30am. 

However, it was delayed by two hours and departed from Kamalapur at 1:40pm.

A Dhaka University student said he had been waiting at the rail station with his family for over four hours. They were waiting for a Rajshahi-bound train, which was scheduled for 6am. 

Our Gazipur correspondent Md Raihanul Islam Akand contributed to the report

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