Six crushed under wheels of train in Joypurhat

Six crushed under wheels of train in Joypurhat

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At least five people were killed and 30 others injured as they fell off a freight train and went under its wheels in Panchbibi upazila in Joypurhat on Thursday afternoon.
Four of the deceased were identified as Sadequl of Puranpoil area, Azahar and Jewel of Khonjpur in the district, and Hridoy, 11, hailing from Hili in Dinajpur.Deputy commissioner of the district Mohammad Yasin confirmed the death of five people. The Fire Service however put the toll at six.
Witnesses said about five bogies at the tail of the Parbatipur-bound oil-laden train were disjointed from the rest of the train as its hosepipe connecting two compartments got severed.
Hearing screams of the locals, train guard informed loco masters of the incident and they stopped the engine near the Shimultali Shaheed level-crossing around 4:30pm.
However, the disjointed bogies that still had momentum of the speed crashed into other boggies that remained halted along with the engine.
Following the severe jolt many passengers who were travelling on the locomotive and the bogies of the train skidded off, fell onto the rail tracks and were crushed under the wheels of the train.
One of the passengers died on the spot while four others succumbed to their injuries at hospital.
Firefighters and police along with locals rescued the injured and took them to different hospitals.
At least 10 of the injured were admitted to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital in Bogra. Hridoy died at the hospital.
The deputy commissioner formed a three-member panel to probe the train accident. – UNB

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