POST TIME: 14 November, 2019 11:15:17 PM
10 hurt as train derails, catches fire in Sirajganj

10 hurt as train derails, catches fire in Sirajganj

Only a couple of days after a deadly train accident in Brahmanbaria, at least 10 people were injured yesterday as a Rangpur-bound train — Rangpur Express — caught fire after its oil tanker exploded following derailment in Sirajganj. The passenger train caught fire in Ullapara upazila at around 2pm, said railway ministry Public Relations Officer Shariful Alam. According to him, two power cars, one air-conditioned coach and one chair coach carriage were derailed. Six compartments and the engine of Rangpur Express veered off the tracks while it was passing through Ullapara Railway Station, he informed. After the accident took place, rail communication of Dhaka with the northern and southwestern districts remained suspended for five hours.

Railway Ministry Secretary Md Mofazzel Hossain said lack of ‘pointing signal’ was the reason behind Rangpur Express’ derailment.

“An enquiry committee has been formed and it’d identify the reasons behind the accident,” he said.

Ullapara Health Complex and Fire Service employees said that at least 10 passengers were injured in the accident, but no death was reported.

Station Master Rafiqul Islam said the train left for Ishwardi from Ullapara, but seven carriages along with the engine derailed immediately as it crossed the main platform. He added that they were looking into

the possibility as to whether there was any negligence on part of the lineman. The district administration also formed a five-member committee to investigate into the incident and asked it to submit report within five working days, while another four-member panel formed by the railway authorities was ordered to submit a report in this regard within three working days. The accident comes two days after a collision between two trains at Brahmanbaria’s Kasba upazila that left 16 people dead and many more injured.