A train heading for the southern port city of Chittagong and one bound for Dhaka collided at around 3 a.m. in Brahmanbaria, about 100 km (60 miles) east of the capital, crumpling three compartments of the southbound train. At least 16 were killed and 60 others injured in a head-on collision between two trains in Brahmanbaria district in central Bangladesh on Tuesday, railway officials said.
Three coaches were sent tumbling off the track at Moindolbhag station on the town of Kasba when a Dhaka-bound intercity train and a locomotive bound for Chittagong collided. According to the police 12, passengers died on the spot, while the rest injured as the rescue campaign was underway or after they were rushed to nearby hospitals. Local police station chief Shyamal Kanti Das feared that the toll could rise as several passengers were still trapped under the damaged coaches, especially of the Udayan Express.
Railway officials said they immediately suspended the drivers and conductors of Turna-Nishita train and formed four different committees to investigate into the crash. It was not clear how the two trains came to be on the same track, one of the trains might violate the signal, leading to the tragedy. The circumstances surrounding the accident were under investigation, a railway official told reporters. “We are still conduction a rescue operation,” he said, adding that faulty signalling could have been to blame.
The railway authorities have announced compensation to the victims and their families. Another Railway accidents in Bangladesh happen relatively frequently, many at an unsupervised crossing and also of the poor conditions of tracks.