Two separate probe bodies formed

Rail secy points 2 likely causes of train disaster

Rail secy points 2 likely causes of train disaster

Rail Secretary Mofazzal Hossain has pointed out two likely causes for the disaster in Kulaura that derailed Upaban Express and killed four people last night.

“Either the lines were faulty or the alignment of the coach wheels were disoriented,” he told reporters at the accident spot in Moulvibazar’s Kulaura this morning.

But, he said, the specific reason will be known after the probe bodies submit their reports, our Moulvibazar correspondent reports from the spot.

Upaban Express, heading for Sylhet from Dhaka last night, fell into a canal. The incident took place on a bridge, which has collapsed, and the lines broken apart.

Railway has formed two separate probe bodies into the disaster, said Shariful Alam, public relation officer of railways ministry this morning.

The first committee is a four-member committee headed by Mizanur Rahman, chief mechanical engineer, east zone, of Bangladesh Railway.

The second committee is a four-member divisional probe committee headed by Mainul Islam, divisional transport officer of Dhaka division.

Both have been asked to submit report within three working days.

Two of the deceased could be identified among the four until this morning.

They are Monowara Parvin, 48, and Fahmida Yeasmin, 20. Two other bodies, one of a woman and the other man, were expected to be identified soon.

Of the injured, 62 people took primary treatment at Kulaura Upazila Health Complex while 20 others were shifted to different hospitals. 24 injured people were taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital, reports our Sylhet correspondent.