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Probe body formed over Kulaura train disaster

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Bangladesh railway formed a four-member committee to investigate the train derailment in Kulaura of Moulvibazar that left five passengers dead and more than 100 others injured last night.

Bangladesh railway formed a four-member committee to investigate the train derailment in Kulaura of Moulvibazar that left five passengers dead and more than 100 others injured last night.

 

The committee headed by Mizanur Rahman, chief mechanical engineer (east), has been asked to submit its report in the next three working days, Secretary of Railways Ministry Md Mozammel Hossain told our Moulvibazar correspondent.

Meanwhile, a rescue train has started for Kulaura from Akhaura Railway Junction, said Kazi Rafiqul Alam, director general of Bangladesh Railway. The rescue train has not reached the spot till filing the report around 9:35am.

The rail communication of Sylhet with other parts of the country remained suspended following the incident.

One of the carriages of the Upaban Express, heading to the capital from Sylhet, fell into a canal while two others fell close to the canal’s banks at Boromchal in Kulaura upazila. Several other carriages were also derailed.

Five bodies were recovered from the canal, said Nurun Nabi, an officer of Fenchuganj fire service who was on the spot. Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.

Of the injured, 62 people took primary treatment at Kulaura Upazila Health Complex while 20 others were shifted to different hospitals, reports our Moulvibazar correspondent.

Besides, 24 injured people were taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital. Six of them were given primary treatment while 18 others were undergoing treatment there, reports Sylhet correspondent.

Rail Secretary Mofazzel Hossain, Bangladesh Railway DG Qazi Md Rafiqul Alam, and other top railways officials went to the spot this morning, Shariful Alam, Public Relations Officer of Railways ministry.

The specific reason behind the train crash could not be learnt yet.

Humayun Kabir, computer instructor of Social Welfare Department in Sylhet, said, “I was in the last seat of the last compartment of the train. It was overloaded and more than 30 people were standing in my compartment alone.

“The train departed on time at 10:00pm, but halted for an hour at Moglabazar station, just a couple of kilometers from Sylhet station, to cross inbound Kalni Express.”

“It started gaining speed after departing from Maijgaon Station in Fenchuganj and derailed while crossing a small bridge at Baramchal,” he told our Sylhet correspondent.

Sharif Hossain, a businessman from Chapainawabganj, said, “I was on the first derailed compartment and it was overcrowded as the road communication with Dhaka was cut off for couple of days.”

“I think, the excess speed of the train with overloaded compartments leads to the derailment,” he said.