Rail services have resumed five hours after four people were killed and 15 others injured as a commuter train derailed in Tongi of Gazipur on Sunday.
Four bogies of the train derailed when it was going to Dhaka from Jamalpur. Three of its passengers died on the spot while the other succumbed to his injuries after taking to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
One of the deceased was identified as Shahadat Hossain,35.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Mujibul Haque visited the spot and assured that the deceased family will get compensation from the government.
The Ishakha Express, which was scheduled to leave Dhaka at 11:30am was delayed due to the accident, said Bangladesh Railway Additional Inspector General Md Mia Zahan.
The train set off for Tongi at 5:30pm after the line was cleared.
Initial investigation suggests that the signal man gave the warning signal too late, but that it is a matter for the probe to confirm.
Railway Eastern Region Chief Engineer Md Arifuzzaman leads the three-member committee that is to submit its report on the accident within three days.
The Jamalpur commuter train had the accident almost immediately after it left the Tongi junction.
“The last four carriages derailed and the speed of the train caused it to continue on for some distance. Two of the carriages overturned at this point,” railway sources said.
The people on the roof of the carriages were thrown off when the train derailed, killing three on the spot and injuring several others.
Seven victims were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where Md Shahadat, 38, was announced dead, said DMCH Medical Outpost ASI Babul Mia.
The six others admitted to the hospital are Badol, 28, Shobuj, 40, Israfil, 12, Alamgir, 32, Badol, 50, and Md Sharif, 28.
A total of 26 people injured in the accident were treated at Tongi’s Shaheed Ahsan Ullah Master General Hospital.
The fire service recovered the three bodies from the scene and have handed them over to police. Their identities are still not known.