DHAKA: The collision between two trains has claimed at least 15 people’s lives and injured 58 others in eastern Bangladesh on early Tuesday morning.
The accident took place at around 3 a.m. in Brahmanbaria, when a train headed for Dhaka crashed into another bound for the southern city of Chittagong, crumpling three compartments.
Local police chief Anisur Rahman told the media, “At least 15 people have been killed. And another 58 were injured. We have sent the injured to different hospitals in the region.”
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Most of the passengers were asleep when the collision occurred. It has remained unclear what caused the two trains to run on the same track. However, authorities have launched a formal investigation.
The expert has a rough idea of the incident that one of the trains might have broken the signal, leading to the tragedy.
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Firefighters, police, border guards and army officials were all at the scene to assist with the rescue operation.
Train accidents are a frequent occurrence in Bangladesh. Unsupervised railway crossings, poor signaling, and poor track conditions have been some of the causes of previous accidents.