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10 killed in train-microbus collision at Sirajganj level crossing

File photo: The wrecked microbus and the train at a level crossing at Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj following their collision on Monday, July 15, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Road crashes leave eight others dead in four districts

Ten people, including a newlywed couple, have been killed in a collision between Dhaka-bound train Padma Express and a microbus at a level crossing in Ullapara upazila, Sirajganj.

Several others were also injured in the accident that took place beside Ali Ahmed High School at Shahikhola village in the upazila’s Panchakroshi union around 6:30pm on Monday, witnesses and police confirmed.

Eight of the 10 victims — seven men, two women and a child — were from one family and killed on the spot after the train collided with the microbus they were on, said Ullapara police Inspector Md Golam Mostofa.

He said the level crossing, situated on the north side of Salap Railway Station, had no gates or guards.

But Bangladesh Railway’s west zone Divisional Manager Mizanur Rahman said the microbus driver was at fault for the accident as he rushed to cross the level crossing even after seeing the incoming train.

“Bangladesh Railway is not responsible for this,” he said. “This level crossing is also not under the railway’s jurisdiction. The locals opened this crossing and used it.”

The west zone railway, however, formed a four-member committee later to look into the incident. It was ordered to submit its findings within 72 hours, said Mizanur.

The deceased were identified as groom Razan Hossain, 22, bride Sumaiya Khatun, 18, Alik, 10, Swadhin, 30, Abdus Samad, 50, Hawa Begum, 45, Shakil, 20, Bhashan Sheikh, 55, Abdul Ahad, 25, and Nur Alam, 35.

Locals, railway police and firefighters said that the newlyweds and their relatives were going to Uttar Kandapara at Sirajganj town from Ullapara’s Guchchagram on two microbuses after the wedding ceremony.

Of the deceased, Nur succumbed to his injuries while being rushed to Sirajganj Sadar Hospital and Ahad died while undergoing treatment, said emergency department’s Dr Rokonuzzaman.

Of the injured, one Nazmul Ahsan was admitted to the hospital, while one critically injured Sumon Sheikh, 25, was sent to Dhaka for better treatment.

The bodies of all the deceased were also recovered and sent to the Sadar Hospital morgue.

8 more killed in road accidents

Eight people were also killed and several others injured in road accidents in four districts on Sunday and Monday.

In Pabna, two men were killed in separate incidents at Ishwardi and Sujanagar upazilas on Monday afternoon, police said.

In Gazipur, four people were killed in road accidents in Nandail and Kodda areas, police said.

Three of them died after a collision between a pickup and a covered van on Gazipur-Mymensingh Highway in Nandail around 8am on Monday.

The deceased were identified as pickup driver Hasan Khan, 19, his assistant Samiul Mia, 16, and Naim Majhi, 18.

Another man, identified as Nazrul Islam Kajal, was killed in Kodda after a Kashimpur-bound police prison van hit and injured him on Dhaka-Tangail Highway around 8pm Sunday.

In Bagerhat, a man was killed and another injured after the truck they were on lost control and hit a roadside tree on Khulna-Maona Highway in the early hours of Monday.

The deceased was identified as truck driver Kamal Hossain, police said.

In Barisal, a traffic police sergeant was critically injured after a covered van ran over him on Barishal-Kuakata Highway on Monday.

Kotwali police OC Nurul Islam said: “The victim, Golam Kibria, traffic sergeant of Barishal Metropolitan Police, was hit by the speeding vehicle even after he signalled it to stop.”

Police later impounded the van and sent Kibria to Dhaka for better treatment.

Meanwhile on Sunday, in Tangail’s Ashekpur bypass area, a man was killed after he was hit and run over by a truck while crossing the Dhaka-Tangail Highway.

The deceased was identified as Alauddin Al Azad, 55, said police.

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