Brahmanbaria Train Crash

Saw bodies without limbs, says survivor

Reuters . Dhaka | Update:

Rescue efforts at the site of the accident following a collision between Dhaka-bound Turna Nishitha and Chattogram-bound Udayan Express at Mandbagh area of Kasba upazila in Brahmanbaria on 12 November 2019. Photo: Shahadat HossainRescuers in Bangladesh were struggling on Tuesday to pull passengers from mangled wreckage after a collision of two trains killed at least 16 people and injured more than 100.

"When I came out of the train, I saw dead bodies without heads, without legs, without hands," Mohammad Moslem, 50, who was among the passengers, many of them asleep at the time, told Reuters by telephone.

"We were so close to death, but Allah saved us," added Moslem, who was riding on the train headed for Chattogram.

"Suddenly there was a big bang. I saw people were screaming," one of those on the train going to Dhaka said in television footage.

Television broadcast images of physicians treating people for broken limbs and head injuries at hospitals.

"So far, 16 bodies have been recovered," deputy commissioner Hayat Ud Dowlah Khan told Reuters by telephone, warning that the toll could rise during the rescue effort by fire, police, border guard and army officials.

"More than 40 injured people have been admitted in hospitals," Khan said, with some in critical condition.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expressed shock and sorrow at the injuries and loss of lives, urging officials and the public to provide support for the victims.

It was not immediately clear how the two trains came to be on the same track, and the government has ordered an investigation.

"One of the trains might have violated the signal, leading to the tragedy," one police official, Shayamal Kanti Das, told reporters.

A train heading for the southern port city of Chittagong and one bound for Dhaka collided at around 3:00am in Brahmanbaria, crumpling three compartments of the southbound train.

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