3 dead as train crashes into bus at N’ganj level-crossing

Three people were killed, including a 7-year-old, and at least 20 others were injured when a train hit a bus stuck at a level-crossing on Nawab Sirajuddaula Road near Narayanganj railway station on Sunday.

The unidentified child body, missing a leg, was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) where the doctors announced his death at 8:30 pm, said Bacchu Mia, the in-charge of DMCH police outpost.

It means all three of the confirmed dead so far remain unidentified. They were all males.

Meanwhile two of the injured referred to DMCH for advanced treatment not available in the local hospitals have been admitted and are now receiving treatment according to Bacchu Mia. They include bus driver Nuru Mia, 38, and Manoranjan Saha, 40, a trader.

Witnesses said the accident occurred around 6pm when the train, which was inbound towards Narayanganj railway station, hit the Ananda Poribahan bus carrying 10-15 passengers that got stuck on the level crossing due to traffic.

Police recovered two bodies from the spot, said Shah Zaman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Narayanganj Sadar Police Station.

Later, firefighters joined the police and started the rescue operation.

The injured were at first taken to Narayanganj General Hospital. Of them, three were sent to DMCH, one of them being the child declared dead, and six to National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR) in critical condition for advanced treatment.

Rail communication on the Dhaka-Narayanganj route resumed after the train line was cleared, the OC added.

Meanwhile, Humayun, a shopkeeper in the area, said the rail gate could not be pulled down due to makeshift shops that have sprung up alongside the level crossing.

Source: United News of Bangladesh