Following the incident of two trains accident in the country, now the Dhaka to Chattogram-bound Chattala Express has survived from a deadly accident in Cumilla. With the help and discernment of two local youths and railway gateman, the train survived the accident. Then the rail communication that was halted for 1.5 hour – normalized.
According to railway sources, work has been underway for a long time to fill the double-line of soil on the Cumilla portion of the railway. On Thursday evening, around 5:30 pm, a ground-level drum truck of a double-line project crocked at Murapara Level Crossing Gate.
A sand-laden drum truck that was used for double-line project work overturned while crossing the Murapara Rail-Crossing at No. 2 North Durgapur UP of Cumilla’s Adarsha Upazila at 5:30 pm, said Local CNG driver Suman and auto-rickshaw driver Sujan.
Seeing this, we immediately inform the Gateman Tipu, then he contacted and Cumilla station and learned that Chattogram-bound Chattala Express had already left Rasulpur station, they added.
Later, Gateman Tipu along with Sumon and Sujan, went to the Gomti Bridge area by autorickshaw and raised the red flag and signaled the stop of the Chattala Express train. On getting signal, the train stopped by pressing the emergency brake. Due to this, there was a panic among the passengers on the train.
“We were scared because the train had made an emergency brake. Panic spreads among everyone,” said Chattala train passenger Md Kalam Mia and Farid Uddin. “If it was not for gateman and the youths, the train could suffer a horrible accident.”
Gateman Tipu said the Chattogram-bound Chattala Express left Dhaka towards Cumilla Station. After hearing the matter at 5:34 pm, we put a red flag signal to stop the train, he added.
Chattala Express survived a major accident. Due to the san-laden truck, Chattogram to Dhaka-bound Mahanagar Godhuli stuck at Cumilla railway station and Dhaka to Chattogram-bound Subarna Express stuck at Rasulpur old railway station, said Ram Narayan Dhar, acting Assistant Engineer of Cumilla District Railway.
Later, railway rescue workers and Cumilla policemen rushed to the spot and removed the truck from the line. Later, the railway normalizes at around 7:00 pm after it was halted for 1.5 hours, he added.
Regarding this, Kotwali Model Police Station OC Anwarul Haque told that the police had taken crippled drum truck to custody. “No case has been lodged yet.”
Earlier on Monday night, 16 people were killed in a fatal train crash took place at the Mandabagh railway station in Kasba, Brahmanbaria. On Thursday, seven bogies of the Rangpur Express were and fire broke out in three bogies at Ullapara in Sirajganj.