One killed, 2 injured as train hits car on level crossingStaff Correspondent
One person was killed and two others were injured as a train hit a car on an ‘unmanned’ level-crossing near Gendaria railway station in the capital on Saturday.
The body of the victim, Suruj Mia, 40, was kept at Dhaka Medical College Hospital while the injured were identified as train passenger Rafiqul Islam and the car
driver, Siraj Sharif, 65.
Suruj Mia was travelling by the train. It could not be known whether he was among some passengers were sitting on the engine.
Rafiqul was admitted to the hospital while the car driver was detained by the Kamalapur Government Railway police.
Witnesses said that the Kamalapur-bound train from Narayanganj hit the car on the level crossing at about 11:15am.
The car driver, Siraj, told New Age that he could not cross the level crossing because of traffic congestion on the narrow road.
Sharif survived as he jumped out of the vehicle after seeing the train approach, witnesses said.
Witness Mohammad Ujjal said that the train dragged car about 40 yards off the level crossing before it stopped, leaving one killed and the two injured.
Five roadside shops were also damaged while the train was dragging the car.
The locals said that at least five such accidents had taken place at the level crossing in last one year and a half.
After visiting the spot, Abdul Matin, a senior sub-assistant engineer of Bangladesh Railway, told New Age that the road was made off-limits to traffic to avoid accidents by setting up roadblocks on both sides of the level crossing after an accident nearly six months ago but the locals removed the roadblocks.
He said the accident had caused damage to the train engine and four carriages.
The locals said that they had engaged two men as signalmen at the
level crossing but they failed to discharge their duties on the day as the train came without blowing whistle.
Government Railway Police assistant subinspector Abdul Halim admitted that three more accidents had taken place last year.
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