Derailment halts Dhaka’s link with west, north

Our Correspondent . Tangail | Published: 01:31, Jul 27,2020


Rail communications between Dhaka and northern and southern districts resumed on Sunday after eight hours of a derailment in Tangail.

Earlier on Saturday night, four compartments of a passenger train derailed with no casualties.

Bangladesh Railway officials said that the accident occurred at the east of the Bangabandhu Bridge at around 11:20pm on Saturday.

Shantahar railway police sub-inspector Md Nazrul Islam alleged that when the Kurigram Express reached the accident spot the Bangabandhu Bridge east station master did not change the point and let the metre gauge train to run on broad gauge line.

As a result, four compartments of the train derailed and at four trains were stranded at nearby stations, he said.

Passengers of the stranded trains suffered immensely.

Bangabandhu Bridge (east) railway station master Rezaul Karim said that none got injury in the accident.

A relief train from Dhaka recovered the derailed compartments and rail communications resumed on the line at around 7:50am on Sunday, he added.

Railway officials also said that a five-member committee was formed headed by Paksey divisional transportation officer to probe the incident.

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