Five killed, 67 injured as Upaban Express derails in Bangladesh's Moulvibazar; railway ministry orders inquiry

At least five persons were killed and over 67 injured after five coaches of a passenger train veered off the tracks in Bangladesh's northeastern region on Sunday.

Press Trust of India June 24, 2019 14:11:52 IST
Five killed, 67 injured as Upaban Express derails in Bangladesh's Moulvibazar; railway ministry orders inquiry
  • At least five persons were killed and over 67 others injured after five coaches of a passenger train veered off the tracks in Bangladesh's northeastern region

  • The accident happened on Sunday when the Dhaka-bound Upaban Express train, coming from Sylhet, veered off the tracks at Baramchal after a culvert broke down

  • 'Two of the coaches fell into the canal and one of them overturned, while the other coaches remained tilted,' police and railway officials were quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka: Two coaches of an express train veered off the tracks and fell into a canal and another overturned in Bangladesh's northeastern province, killing at least five people and injuring 67 others, authorities said Monday.

Five killed 67 injured as Upaban Express derails in Bangladeshs Moulvibazar railway ministry orders inquiry

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The accident happened on Sunday when the Dhaka-bound Upaban Express train, coming from Sylhet, veered off the tracks at Baramchal in Moulvibazar's Kulaura upazila after a culvert broke down, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

"Two of the coaches fell into the canal and one of them overturned, while the other coaches remained tilted," police and railway officials were quoted as saying by the paper.

Following the derailment, rail communication between Sylhet and rest of the country has been snapped, the report said.

Moulvibazar's civil surgeon Shahjahan Kabir said that five people have been killed in the accident.

"Two of the killed are females while three are males," he was quoted as saying in the report.

"Moreover, 67 passengers have been injured. 20 of them are in critical condition and undergoing treatment at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College," he added.

A senior official from the fire service department said that 11 units of rescuers are at the accident site along with the police personnel to help the survivors.

Bangladesh's railway ministry has set up two probe committees to investigate the accident.

"A four-member committee led by the chief mechanical engineer has been asked to submit the probe report in the next three workdays," bdnews24.com reported.

Besides, a five-member divisional probe committee headed by divisional transport officer Mainul Islam has also been formed, the report said.

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