Two trains crashed head-on in eastern Bangladesh early on Tuesday (Nov 12), killing at least 15 people and injuring more than 40, officials said.
The accident took place when a train heading for the port city of Chittagong collided with a train bound for the capital Dhaka at 3am (2100 GMT) in Brahmanbaria, about 100km east of Dhaka.
The impact of the collision left a couple of compartments of the trains mangled, and rescue workers continued searching to reach passengers trapped inside, as told by Hayat Ud Dowlah Khan, Brahmanbaria district administrator.
It was not immediately clear how the two trains came to be on the same tracks. But local media claims that the accident took place when a train mistakenly violated the signal while changing tracks at the station.
“A committee has been formed to investigate the accident and we will be able to confirm the exact number of casualties and other damage after their report,” ” local police chief Mohammad Anisur Rahman said.
Train service between the capital Dhaka and two other important cities — Sylhet and Chottogram — has been suspended.