At least 15 people were killed and scores injured as two intercity trains collided in Kasba Upazila in Brahmanbaria early today.
The accident took place at Mondobhag Railway Station around 3am as Chattogram-bound Udayan Express from Sylhet and Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita from Chattogram collided, leaving 15 people dead, said Md Delwar Hossain, loco shed in-charge of Akhaura Railway Junction.
The collision occurred while Udayan Express was changing its track at the station, reports BSS.
At least two coaches of Udayan Express were severely damaged, he added.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Akhaura Railway Police Station Shymal Kanti Das said eight bodies were recovered so far from the spot.
“Rescue operation is underway. Death toll may rise as many people are still trapped under the damaged coaches,” he said.
The identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. Being informed, firefighters from Brahmanbaria Sadar, Akhaura and Kasba rushed to the spot and have been carrying out the rescue operations along with police, railway authorities and local people. The injured were taken to Kasba, Akhaura and Zila Sadar Hospitals.
Rail communication between Dhaka-Chattogram, Dhaka-Noakhali and Chattogram-Sylhet has been suspended following the accident. A three-member probe committee was formed by district administration to investigate the accident.