Train hits bus at rail crossing in Bangladesh

Associated Press

TANGAIL, Bangladesh — A train plowed through a packed bus at a railway crossing in central Bangladesh on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 19 others, a government official said.

The pre-dawn accident occurred at an unmanned crossing in Tangail district, 50 miles north of Dhaka, local government administrator Akhtar Ali Sarkar said.

All of the victims were aboard the bus, which was carrying weavers to a local market to sell garments.

Sarkar said the injured were taken to hospital — three of them in serious condition.


There was no major damage to the Ekota Express train, Bangladesh Railway spokesman Shafiqul Alam Khan said.

Khan said the train originated in the northern town of Dinajpur and that it reached its final stop, Dhaka, a few hours after the accident.

Authorities were investigating how the collision happened, Khan said. He provided no further details.

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