A man was killed and at least 20 people were injured as a train hit a bus at Baraiyarhat level crossing of Mirsarai in Chittagong on Sunday.
The deceased was identified as Sunirmal Chakma, 55, an officer of Khagrachari district administration office.
Locals and Fire Service and Civil Defence members rescued the injured after the accident and took them to Mirsarai Health Complex, from where some were referred to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
The injured who were taken to CMCH include Pushpakar Chakma, 40, Newton Chakma, 25, Kusum Tripura, 65, Mina Chakma, 35, Kallol Dewan, 25, Babu Tripura, 25, Shankar Bijoy, 28, Pankaj Bijoy Dewan, 27, Komit Tripura, 25, and Miton Tripura, 25, Jessica Tripura, 25, Supriti Tripura, 27, Alamgir Kabir, 27, Sumati Tripura, 67, and two unidentified people, among whom one was the bus driver, said the hospital’s medical officer Faisal Kabir.
Railway police officer-in-charge Mostafiz Bhuiyan said Chittagong-bound Bijoy Express train rammed the S Alam Paribahan bus, which was going to Khagrachari from Dhaka, at about 4:00am on the level crossing and dragged the bus about 50 metres on the railway.
He said the accident halted rail communication on Dhaka-Chittagong route for about two and half hours.
Injured former government officer Pushpakar Chakma’s wife Diba Chakma said, she, together with her husband and sister-in-law, got on the bus from Dhaka on Saturday night.
She said, ‘We were on the first row. The driver was reckless from the very beginning. We even talked about that among us, but did not warn the driver thinking that it would provoke an argument.’
‘The driver’s carelessness ruined lives of so many people,’ said Diba adding that her husband had his legs amputated.
Didarul Alam, owner of a Baraiyarhat fish depot, said most of the time the gatekeeper got to sleep.
‘Today he was in sleep and he neither wake up for closing the railway gate nor showed the signal,’ he added.
After the accident gatekeeper Mohammad Arif ran away, said locals.
East Railway divisional manager Jahangir Hossain said they had formed a body, led by Railway East Division traffic officer Firoz Iftekhar, to investigate into the accident and it was asked to submit a report by three working days.
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