Three people were killed and three more were injured when train hit a cow-laden pick-up van on an unauthorised level crossing at Raidaulatpur in Kamarkhand of Sirajganj on Saturday.
The deceased were identified as the truck driver Sujan Ali Surja, 40, son of Raham Ali Mistri, resident of Kura village in Kamarkhand and two cow traders from Pakuria village – Rafiqul Islam, 37, son of Bisha Mandal and Nehar Uddin, 36, son of Abdul Hamid. Two cows also killed in the incident.
Kamarkhand police officer-in-charge Habibul Islam told New Age that around 1:30pm the pick-up van (Dhaka Metro –Na-14-8142) was crossing Koyelgati level crossing adjacent to Karnasuti village.
The pick-up was on its way to a cattle market in Ullapara from Kamarkhand.
The Maitree Express on Kolkata-Dhaka route hit the truck, leaving the driver dead on the spot, injuring five cattle traders on the truck.
Locals rushed the injured people to Kamarkhand upazila health complex where two cattle traders died later.
Police handed over the bodies to their families.
Kamarkhand upazila nirbahi officer Md Jahangir Alam alleged that the accident occurred as the level crossing was unprotected.
Bangladesh Railway’s Paksey divisional railway manager Md Nazmul Islam said the Koyelgati level crossing was built without any approval.
Currently there are around 3,200 level crossings across the country while most of these were unauthorised as locals built these for making their movement easier, he alleged.
People cross these level crossings at their own risk and railway authorities were not responsible for such accidents, he added.
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