15 killed, over 100 injured in Bangladesh train crash

By AFP   October 23, 2023 | 03:19 pm PT
15 killed, over 100 injured in Bangladesh train crash
A general view of derailed compartments of train after two trains collided in Bhairab, about 80 kilometers northeast of the capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 23, 2023. Photo by Reuters
At least 15 people have been killed and 100 others injured in Bangladesh after two trains collided on Monday, with officials saying they fear the death toll will rise.

The crash in the eastern city of Bhairab saw a freight train smash into a passenger train travelling in the opposite direction, derailing two passenger carriages, officials said.

"We have recovered 15 bodies, many are injured," Sadiqur Rahman, a government administrator in Bhairab told AFP, which lies around 60 kilometers (38 miles) northeast of the capital Dhaka.

"The death toll will rise," Rahman said, with rescuers reporting they could still see bodies crushed and trapped under overturned coaches.

At least 100 people were injured, he added.

The accident, which took place at around 4:00 p.m. (1000 GMT), occurred when one train entered the same line as the other, Rahman said.

Train accidents are common in Bangladesh and are often caused by poor signaling, negligence, old tracks or other rundown infrastructure.

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