Train-bus collisions kills 13 in Bangladesh

At least 13 people were killed in Bangladesh on Saturday in two identical accidents when trains rammed into crowded buses.

Last Updated: Feb 19, 2011, 22:38 PM IST

Dhaka: At least 13 people were killed in
Bangladesh on Saturday in two identical accidents when trains rammed
into crowded buses.

Eight people were killed, five of them instantly, when
a capital-bound intercity train called Suborno Express rammed
into a passenger bus at an apparently unguarded railway
crossing at Shahishidal area of Comilla.

"Three of the victims died at the Comilla medical
College Hospital while seven more people are being treated for
critical wounds," a local journalist reached here by phone
told.

A police official who carried out the initial
investigation at the scene said the crash took place as the
train hit the backside of the bus as its driver
apparently tried to cross the railway crossing ahead of the
train, which was coming from southeastern port city of
Chittagong.

The second incident was reported from Ramnagar area of
Jessore as another intercity train rammed into a bus at a
railway crossing killing five people and injuring 15 others.

A police official told a TV channel that the
Khulna-bound intercity train hit a Satkhira-bound bus when it
was crossing the unguarded Rajarhat Ramnagar level crossing.
The report said the injured were admitted to Jessore
General Hospital and other local hospitals.

Bangladesh Railways in a statement said they formed
two separate committees each comprising four members to
investigate the accidents while the authorities already
suspended a railway gatekeeper in Jessore instantly for
negligence in duties.

"The committees have been asked to find out the root
causes of the accidents and submit their reports within 48
hours," it said.

Bangladesh witnessed the last major train crash in
December last year 19 people were killed in a crash in
suburban Narsingdi where two intercity trains collided head on
with one of them was going slow as it was about stop while the
other was on high speed.

PTI