Train-bus collision kills 13 in Bangladesh

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 PTI.

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.