Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– At least six people were killed and nine others seriously injured as a covered van crashed into a moving train on a level-crossing inside the Inland Container Depot (ICD) of Kamalapur Railway Station in Dhaka on Monday.

The fatal accident took place when the covered van of NS Cargo Company dashed the second bogie of the Dhaka-bound train from Narayanganj while it tried to cross the level-crossing inside the ICD of the railway station around 1:00pm (local time), disrupting rail communications between Dhaka and Narayanganj for about 4.15 hours, a local police official said.

The train communication between the two cities resumed around 5.15 pm after the removal of the crashed bogies and covered van, he added.

The bogie next to the train engine got entangled with the covered van and derailed, leaving two people dead on the spot and 12 others seriously injured.

Meanwhile, Railways Minister Mujibul Haque visited the spot around 2:15 pm.
“It couldn’t be known immediately whether the driver of the covered van lost control over the steering or the accident took place due to his negligence,” said the minister.

Besides, a three-member probe committee, headed by Railway Divisional Transport Official Nazmul Hasan, was formed to investigate the accident. The committee was asked to submit its probe report within three working days.

BBN/SSR/AD-29Dec14-9:19 pm (BST)