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When trains run into deadly accidents in Bangladesh

  • Published at 10:23 pm December 19th, 2020
Joypurhat train clash
File photo of Aftermath of the road accident where at least 12 people were killed when a bus collided with a train at Puranapoil area in Joypurhat town on Saturday, December 19, 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

Human errors are accountable for 72% of rail accidents, according to Bangladesh Railway

Bangladesh on Saturday witnessed a tragic train accident in Puranapoil area of Joypurhat Sadar upazila, where a collision between a train and a bus left at least 12 people dead and three others injured.

Police say the accident is a result of negligence by the level-crossing gateman.

According to Bangladesh Railway, human errors are accountable for 72% of rail accidents in Bangladesh, with 23% of the accidents being results of mechanical failure.

Human error includes negligence or mistake by the driver, stationmaster and guard, reckless driving and mechanical failure due to the malfunctioning of locomotives, defective tracks, and the signal system. 

Unprotected railroad crossings, careless crossing of rail tracks by vehicle drivers and pedestrians account for 5% of accidents.

Also Read - Police: Level crossing gateman’s negligence led to Joypurhat train-bus crash

Some of the major railway accidents in Bangladesh are listed below:

– On March 22, 1983, a rail bridge collapsed with a running train in Pabna’s Iswardi upazila, leaving 60 passengers dead. 

– At least 27 people were burnt to death as a Parbatipur-bound passenger train caught fire on January 13, 1985.

– A head-on collision between two passenger trains left 170 people dead and around 400 others injured at Majukhan of Gazipur on January 15, 1989.

– A train derailment near Chittagong on February 2, 1989 claimed 13 lives. 

– On March 15, 1986, 25 people were killed and 45 more were injured after a train plunged into a river after derailment in Bheramara upazila of Kushtia.

– Around 50 people died, and around 200 suffered injuries after a train smashed into another  in Hili Railway Station of Dinajpur on January 13, 1995.

– Head-on collision between two passenger trains on December 10, 2010 left 12 people dead on the spot.

Also Read - Train-bus collision: Negligence of on duty gateman costs 12 lives

– Five people were killed and 50 people were injured after five bogies of a passenger train derailed at Tongi, Gazipur on April 15, 2018.

– Derailment of six bogies of Upaban Express in Moulvibazar’s Kulaura upazila killed at least four passengers and injured over 200 others on June 24, 2019.

– Ten people, including a newlywed couple, were killed on July 15, 2020 during a collision between Dhaka-bound train Padma Express and a microbus at a level crossing in Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj.

– In the worst railway disaster over the past decade, 18 people, including five children, were killed and over 70 others were injured in a collision between intercity trains Turna Nishita and Udayan Express in Kasba in the early hours of November 12, 2019 as a result of negligence on the part of the loco master, assistant loco master and the guard of intercity train Turna Nishita.