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People gather near badly damages coaches after two speeding trains collided at Mondobhag station, east of the capital, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Nov.12, 2019. (AP)

16 dead as two trains collide head-on at B’baria

Three coaches were sent tumbling off the tracks at Mondobhag station in Kasba when Dhaka-bound intercity train Turna Nishita and Udayan Express bound for Chittagong collided

WT24 Desk

At least 16 people were killed and 58 others injured when two trains collided in eastern Bangladesh early Tuesday, police said, Agencies report.

Three coaches were sent tumbling off the tracks at Mondobhag station in the town of Kasba when Dhaka-bound intercity train Turna Nishita and Udayan Express bound for Chittagong collided.

“At least 16 people have been killed. And another 58 were injured. We have sent the injured to different hospitals in the region,” local police chief Anisur Rahman told this correspondent.

He said train services out of Dhaka had been halted after the accident.

The circumstances surrounding the accident were under investigation, a railway official told reporters.

“We are still conducting a rescue operation,” he said, adding that faulty signalling could have been to blame.

Train accidents are common in Bangladesh and are often caused by poor signalling or other rundown infrastructure.

Shayamal Kanti Das, officer-in-charge of Akhaura Railway Police Station, said 12 people died on the spot and many others suffered injuries in the train crash.

Later, three of the injured died at Brahmanbaria Sadar Hospital while another at Cumilla Sadar Hospital, the OC told our local correspondent.

Among the injured, Mollah Mia, 25, has been admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital this afternoon, said Inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of the hospital’s police outpost.

Five other injured were taken to National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor), popularly called Pangu Hospital, in Dhaka, Moni Sangkar, a doctor at the hospital, said.

“The rescue operation was underway. Death toll may rise as many people are still trapped under the damaged coaches,” he added.

Turna Nishita Express hit bogie no. Jha of Udayan Express when the latter was changing its track at Akhaura Railway Junction, Loco Shed In-Charge Md Delwar Hossain further said.

Two compartments were badly damaged, he said. 

16 deceased identified

 District administration identified all the 16 train passengers killed in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria early on Tuesday.

Out of 16, 8 of them were from Habiganj. They are as follows:

Ali Mohammad Yusuf, 30, of Sadar municipality, Adiba Akther, 4, of Baniachang upazila, Sujan Miah, 25, son of Abul Hasim of Chunarughat upazila, Yasin Alam, 42, son of Alamgir Alam of Bahula village, Rubel Miah, 22, son of Fatik Miah, of Ulukandi West Talukder area of Chunarughat upazila, Amin Miah, 34, son of Yusuf Miah, of Mardan Murut village under Baniachang upazila, Soha Mani, 3  of Baniachang  of Habiganj, Piara Begum, 32, of   Chunarughat upazila.

The rest are:–Jaheda Khatun, 30 of Moulvibazar, Kulsum Begum, 30, of Chandpur, Mujibul Rahman, 55, of Hajiganj upazila Chandpur, Farzana, 15, of Chandpur, Kakoli, 20 of Chandpur, Mariam, 4 of Chandpur, Rabi Harizon, 23, of Maijdee in Noakhali, Farzana, 15, of Chandpur Sadar.

3 staff suspended

Three staff including driver, assistant driver and director of Turna Nishita Express were suspended over the Brahmanbaria train accident that killed 16 people early Tuesday (Nov 12).

The suspended employees were Turna Nishita’s loco master Taser Uddin, assistant loco master Apu Dey and working guard Abdur Rahman.

Mia Jahan, additional director-general (operation) of Bangladesh Railway, confirmed about suspension on Tuesday

Five probe bodies formed

 Five probe committees have been formed over the train accident in Brahmanbaria that killed at least 16 people and injured many more.

Out of the bodies, Bangladesh Railway formed two while the ministry concerned, Government Rail Inspector and Brahmanbaria District Administration constituted one each this morning.

At least 16 passengers were killed and many others injured as two intercity trains collided in Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria early Tuesday.

Chattogram-bound Udayan Express from Sylhet collided with Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita from

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