Rescue operations continue in Bangladesh as oil-laden train collision investigation begins

Following the collision, three individuals – Joydebpur Junction Station master Md Hashem, pointsmen Mostafizur Rahman, and Saddam Hossain – were suspended.

The rescue operations for the oil-laden train that collided with a commuter train in the Joydebpur Outer Signal (Kazibari) area on the Dhaka-Tangail rail route entered their second day this morning. Despite the incident, train movement on the route has remained normal through the alternative line, according to Joydebpur Junction Railway Station Master Hanif Ali.

Samad Mia, the senior station officer of the Joydebpur Fire Service, reported that the Petroleum Corporation has been working since last night to move the wagons filled with oil. As of 8:00 am, two wagons remain to be removed from the railway tracks.

Joydebpur Junction Railway Police’s in-charge, Setabar Rahman, stated, “We’re here to maintain security. BGB members are also present to safeguard the oil wagons.” The railway authorities said that one of the train’s oil tankers was damaged in the collision, causing oil to leak. These tankers need to be moved first to prevent further accidents.

BGB Public Relations Officer Shariful Islam confirmed that two platoons of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were sent to the site to assist in the rescue operation involving the oil train’s wagons.

The Gazipur district administration and railway authorities have formed separate probe committees to investigate the incident, as confirmed by Joydebpur Junction Station Master Hanif Mia.

Following the collision, three individuals – Joydebpur Junction Station master Md Hashem, pointsmen Mostafizur Rahman, and Saddam Hossain – were suspended.