Five killed after Dhaka-bound train jumps rails

World | REUTERS 25 Jun 2019

A passenger train carrying at least 2,000 people derailed as it was crossing a bridge in Bangladesh yesterday, killing five people and injuring more than 100.

The train left the rails on its way to the capital, Dhaka, from the eastern city of Sylhet.

Two carriages were left dangling over a muddy canal, police superintendent Mohammad Shahjalal reported, while three others had toppled sideways next to the track. Villagers crowded around the site, which is flanked by banana trees and farmland.

Rescuers called in cranes to lift the carriages, but the toll was not likely to rise when they were up.

“We checked inside the derailed coaches and did not find any more bodies,” said Mofazzel Hossain, an official in the railways ministry.

Railway accidents are a frequent occurrence in Bangladesh – many at unmanned crossings but also because of the poor condition of tracks.

The government ordered an investigation.

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