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Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Here is the YouTube video of the Bangladesh Magbazar Rail Crossing Accident which took place on June 17, 2009.

Here is the video:

Details of the accident (from The Daily Star):
Eight people were injured when an express train rammed two cars and a bus stuck in a gridlock on Moghbazar level crossing yesterday tossing the vehicles on to two other cars on the other side of the road.

Railway Police sources, however, said three people were injured.

Witnesses said the bus and the four cars were reduced to scrap but most of the passengers of the vehicles were able to get out before the accident.

The Jamalpur-bound Jamuna Express did not stop but rail communication was suspended and the road was closed for two hours from 5:00pm.

Mohammad Sayeed, a passenger of the bus, told The Daily Star that the Gulistan-bound bus and two cars got trapped on the level crossing when a large number of vehicles stopped at the lights of Moghbazar intersection. Within a few minutes they saw a train coming from Kamalapur Railway Station.

He said, “Some other passengers and I called the passengers to vacate the bus. We rushed out and the people in the cars also abandoned their vehicles on the level crossing. The train rammed the three vehicles and hurled them on to two cars on the opposite side of the road.”

MA Hannan, another passenger of the bus, said the traffic signal was red longer than usual at the Moghbazar intersection forcing vehicles to remain stationary and cause the accident.

He alleged that the people responsible for closing the gate of the level crossing closed it late. Two-thirds of the bus was already on the level crossing when the gate was closed, he added.

“The bus and the cars could neither go forward nor backward.”

Shahida Sultana, 33, who was in one of the cars, was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The identities of the other injured people could not be known.

Liton Mollah, an injured cyclist, said, “All on a sudden I saw a bus fall on the car next to me. Even though I sustained injuries in my head, I got the severely injured woman out of her car. The driver managed to get himself out.”

Hundreds of people thronged the spot to see the catastrophe.

Belayet Hossain, director general of Bangladesh Railway, told The Daily Star, “The accident probably occurred as the bus and the cars ignored the signal of the railway lineman to stop ahead of closing the level crossing.”

Belayet said, “We will investigate what caused the accident as well as whether there was any negligence on the lineman’s part.”

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