Train Plunges After Bridge Collapses In Bangladesh, Four Dead, Over 100 Hurt

DHAKA, Bangladesh, June 24 (NNN-BSS) – A train plunged into a canal, when the bridge it was travelling across gave way, killing four people and injuring 100 more on Monday (today).

Officials said, part of the bridge collapsed, as the express train went over it, sending five cars crashing to the ground, with one of them landing in the water.

Scores of people were trapped in the accident at Kalaura, 300 kilometres (185 miles) from Dhaka.

Local people joined fire and police teams in pulling the dead and injured out of the wreckage, Rashidul Hasan, a police superintendent, told reporters.

Regional government administrator, Tofael Islam, said, part of the bridge gave way as the train was crossing it.

Twenty-one of the injured were taken to a hospital in Sylhet, the nearest city, in serious condition.

Train services from Dhaka to the north-east were stopped because of the accident.

Train accidents are common in Bangladesh because of poor signalling and rundown tracks.—NNN-BSS