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Rail communication with Sylhet resumes after 22 hours

  • Published at 05:42 am November 8th, 2020
Bogies overturned as the frieght train derailed near Satgaon rail station in Sylhet's Sreemangal upazila on Saturday November 7, 2020 <strong>| Dhaka Tribune
Photo: Dhaka Tribune

A four-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the detailed reasons behind the train derailment

Rail communication in Sylhet-Dhaka route and Sylhet-Chittagong route resumed on Sunday morning, 22 hours after seven bogies of an oil-carrying train got off the tracks.

The freight train -- derailed at Chanmari area near Satgaon rail station in Moulvibazar, Sreemangal -- was moved from the tracks around 9:30am on Sunday, confirmed Md Shakawat Hossain, assistant station master of Sreemangal Railway Station.

During the restoration period, trains of Dhaka-bound Parabat Express, Upaban Express and Kalni Express; and Chittagong-bound Udayan Express were cancelled.

Along with the fallen bogies, tanker wagons carrying a huge amount of diesel and kerosene damaged the rail tracks.

Md Sultan Ali , Sylhet divisional engineer of Bangladesh Railway, said: "Around 500 metres of rail tracks have been damaged. Railway sleepers were especially smashed."

Sreemangal police station Officer-in-Charge Alamgir Hossain said an engine-bogie, a brake van and five tanker wagons carrying diesel and kerosene got off the tracks. When asked about the possible reason behind the accident, he said that the train was moving fast. 

Locals, including  children, collecting crude oil after a freight train derailed in Srimangal upazila of Moulvibazar on Saturday, November 7, 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

Meanwhile, a four-member probe committee has been formed to investigate the detailed reasons behind the train derailment.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Saturday night, Md Hamidul Islam Khan, an official of Bangladesh Railway, said the probe body has been instructed to submit their report within seven working days.

Also Read- Locals gather to collect oil after oil-laden train derails in Moulvibazar

Earlier on Saturday, hundreds of locals had been collecting crude oil after the accident as some of the tanker wagons overturned and oil had been spilling onto the ground.

Locals, including children carrying buckets, jugs, and bottles were seen collecting the oil.

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