Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 19 December: Twelve people were killed and three others injured as a bus collided with a train in Puranapoil level crossing of the Jaipurhat District of Bangladesh on Saturday morning.
Six of the deceased were identified as bus driver Mamunur Rashid, passengers Ramjan Ali, resident of Rangpur sadar upazila’s Ichli village, Sarwar Hossain, Arifur Rahman, residents of Panchbibi upazila, Saju Miah of Akkelpur upazila and Babu Miah of Naogaon’s Raninagar upazila.
Sirajul Islam, station officer of Joypurhat Fire Service, said that the accident took place around 7am as the Uttara Express train hit the local bus “VIP Paribahan,” leaving the 10 people dead on the spot and five others injured.
Among the injured, two died on the way to hospital.
Fire service team is carrying out rescue operation, said the official.
Besides, train communications with the northern regions have been suspended due to the accident.
Moniruzzaman, assistant director of fire service and civil defense, said that the rail crossing was open at the time of the accident.
However, it could not be known yet why the gate was open.
The fire service official said that the train derailed 500m away from the incident place after hitting the bus.
According to witnesses, the gateman was sleeping at that time.