Train movements on Dhaka-Chattogram and Chattogram-Sylhet routes which were suspended due to the arrival of two trains on the same track have returned to normalcy after one and a half hours of efforts. The incident happened on Friday at about 3:00pm when the Chattogram-bound Karnaphuli Express train and a container train reached Brahmanbaria’s Akhaura railway junction on the same rail track. As a result, the Sylhet-bound Paharika Express train got stuck at Akhaura junction, while the Chattogram-bound Paharika express train was stranded at Azampur station. According to sources at Akhaura railway station, the Chattogram-bound Karnaphuli Express was waiting on Platform No 1 when the Chattogram-bound No 604 container train tried to enter the station on the same track. Read: Train communication with Sylhet resumes after 4 hours “I entered the train following a signal. When I saw that another train was standing in front me, I pulled the brake immediately and stopped the train,” said Abu Talha, Assistant Operator of the container train. Khayrul Islam, the station cabin master, said that he didn’t know why the operator of the container train had crossed the signal. “Train movement resumed after we solved the problem. Currently all the trains are arriving and leaving the station smoothly,” said Md Alif Hossain Sikder, Officer In-charge (OC) of Akhaura Railway Police Station.
Train services between Dhaka and northern districts of Bangladesh resumed Wednesday morning, after remaining suspended for nearly eight hours due to the derailment of a frieght train in Gazipur a little after midnight Tuesday. The services resumed at 8.30am after a wagon of a North Bengal-bound train that veered off the track was removed, station master of Joydevpur railway junction, Rezaul Islam, told UNB. The wagon derailed soon after the train reached the Baj Hijltali area of Kaliakair upazila around 12.30am, halting train movement between Dhaka and northern districts, he added. After the derailment, a rescue train from Dhaka reached the site early this morning and started the salvage operation. "Passengers on the route suffered immensely due to the derailment as several trains, including Panchagarh Express, Nilsagar Express, got stuck at stations." Fortunately, no casualties were reported, said the official.
A 25-year-old university student was crushed under the wheels of a train in Natore as he attempted to reboard it at Abdulpur Junction station on Saturday morning. The deceased was identified as Nuruzzaman Entaj, son of advocate Ishaq Ali. He was a sixth semester law student of Rajshahi’s Barendra University. According to Sheikh Ziauddin Bablu, station master of Abdulpur Junction, Entaj was travelling with his father from Pabna’s Ishwardi to Rajshahi on a Rohanpur-bound commuter train on Saturday morning. Read: Ex-DGM of Bangladesh Bank crushed under train in city “Entaj had disembarked from the train at Abdulpur Junction. As the train started to leave the station, Entaj tried to get inside hurriedly. His hands slipped and met with the tragedy,” said Bablu.
A 57-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train in Natore Saturday. The deceased was identified as Samir Kumar Kundu, who worked with the district health department. He also used to play football for different clubs in the district. Kamrun Nahar, Natore railway station master, said that Samir jumped in front of the Chilahat-bound inter-city train ‘Titumir Express’ coming from Rajshahi as it was just entering the platform. Read: Lightning strikes kill three in Kushtia, Natore "He died on the spot," the station master said. Local people claimed that the deceased had been suffering from depression.
In a tragic accident, two tenth-graders were crushed to death under the wheels of a speeding train in Mirpur upazila of Kushtia Sunday. The deceased were identified as Nayeem Ali, 16, and Ritu Khatun, 15, of the upazila. They were students of Border Guard Public School and College and Nimtala Secondary School of Mirpur, respectively. The accident occurred around 3:30pm when the students were walking on the rail track on Mirpur Rail Bridge. When Khulna-bound intercity train Rupsha Express started approaching the track suddenly, they got stuck there. Read:Man killed after being hit by train Within seconds, the train passed by at full speed and crushed them under its wheels, Monjer Ali, officer-in-charge of Poradaha Railway Police Station, said. "Both students died on the spot. The bodies were sent to hospital for autopsies," he added.
Rail communication between Natore and Dhaka resumed Sunday evening after a stoppage of more than two hours, due to the derailment of a train at Abdulpur Junction in the northern district.The Dhaka-bound Padma Express train from Rajshahi veered off the tracks at Abdulpur Junction Station around 4:45pm, according to Nizam Uddin, the station master. Read: Unexploded mortar shells found near Bangladesh-Myanmar borderMeanwhile, train movement through alternative lines remained normal, he added.A relief train from Ishwardi went to the scene to salvage the derailed train and after over 2 hours' efforts, the rail communication resumed around 7 pm, the official added.There was no report of any casualty in the accident.
Three compartments of a train derailed in the Dhirashram area of Gazipur on Sunday night, said authorities.The bogies of the Panchagarh-bound Drutojan Express train from Dhaka veered off the tracks around 9:15pm, said Joydevpur Railway Junction Station Master Rezaul Islam.The rail communications between Dhaka and the northern parts of the country have remained suspended due to the derailment, he added.A number of trains got stranded due to the derailment.At this time, some passengers were injured while trying to get down from the train, added the master.The higher authorities were informed to salvage the bogies and the train movement will be normal soon, he added.
A 20-year-old youth was crushed to death by a speeding train in Sitakunda upazila of Chattogram while crossing the tracks with earphones on, police said on Thursday. The deceased was identified as Saiful, a resident of the upazila. Chattogram-bound Chattala Express train hit the youth near Kumira railway station on Wednesday night, dragging him around five kilometres down the railway tracks, said Azizul Haque, assistant station master of Kumira railway station. Read: 28-yr-old killed by train in Ctg When the train stopped at the station, passengers found the body hanging from the engine hook of the train, he added. The body was later handed over to Chattogram Government Railway Police (GRP) station, said the station master. On Tuesday, a man Omar Faruk, 28, died after being hit by a speeding train in the Salimpur area of Chattogram's Sitakunda upazila on Tuesday night. He was playing guitar while sitting on the railway track near his house.
Train communications between Khulna and other parts of the country resumed almost two hours after the derailed compartment of an oil-carrying train in Jashore was recovered Thursday night. Around 6:35pm, a compartment of a Khulna-bound train derailed near Jashore Railway Station, Station Master Ainal Hossain told UNB. The oil-bearing train arrived from Parbatipur with 36 compartments. The No. 31 compartment derailed as the train crossed Jashore town's Railgate area, the station master said. The compartment could be retrieved almost two hours later, and train operation on the route resumed around 8:20pm, Aynal added. Also read: Freight train derails in Kushtia
Padma Express, bound for Dhaka, left Rajshahi Wednesday evening nearly two and a half hours after Rajshahi University (RU) admission seekers barred the train from leaving the platform, protesting the sale of tickets on the black market. The train left Rajshahi Railway Station at 6:25pm for Dhaka, Ashim Kumar Talukder, general manager of Railway's West Zone, said. "The students called off the protest after a new compartment was added to Padma Express." The RU admission test ended with the examination of "B" unit at 2pm. The aspirants blocked Padma Express around 4pm as they were told to get off the train, which already exceeded its maximum capacity, Ashim said. Protesting students alleged that many RU admission seekers were not being able to return home as extra train coaches were not arranged for them and tickets were sold on the black market. Also read: Admission seekers’ blockade snaps Dhaka’s rail link with other parts for over 3 hrs