Eleven people were killed and about 50 others injured in a collision between a bus and a train on Barobazar level crossing in Kaliganj upazila early Friday.
Jhenidah Deputy Commissioner Shafiqul Islam said Khulna-bound ‘Simanto Express' train from Jessore rammed into the bus carrying a wedding party when it was passing Barobazar level crossing around 3:45 am, leaving nine bus passengers dead on the spot.
One the injured died at Kaliganj Upazila Health Complex while another on way to Faridpur Medical College Hospital.
The train dragged the bus one kilometer away from the spot, the DC said.
On information, police and fire fighting units from Jessore and Jhenidah rushed to the spot and pulled out nine bodies
from the mangled bus.
The bride and groom, howevever, escaped unhurt as they were travelling in another minibus.
Among the dead, three are of a same family.
Ten of the deceased were identified as Sudhir Kumar, 40, Biplob, 25, Shovon Kumar, 2, Bonya, 35, her son Koushik, 8, and niece
Krishna, 30, Sujoy Saha, 30, and Alok Kumar, of Fulhari village in Shailakupa upazila, Ujjal Das, 28, of Kanaipur in Faridpur, and
Bimol Kumar of Gobindapur in Kliganj.
The injured passengers were admitted to Jhendiah sadar, Kaliganj and Jessore Medical College Hospital
Shafiqul Islam said the fatal accident occurred when the bus carrying a bridal party was heading towards Fulhari village in Shailakupa upazila from Shako Mothonpur village.
Rail communications of Dhaka and Rajshahi with Khulna have been suspended for eight hours till 11am.
Deputy Commissioner Shafiqul Islam and Additional Police Super Md Hasanuzzaman visited the spot.
Jhenidah circle superintendent of police Jahidul Islam said the accident might have taken place due to negligence of the on-duty gateman.
Meanwhile, Barobazar station master Turki Ahmed and two linemen Mominur Rahman and Humayun Kabir have been suspended for
their negligence in duty.
The railway has formed a four-member probe panel to look into the accident. The committee has been asked to submit its report within six days.
Besides, the district administration has constituted a three-man committee to probe the accident. The committee has been asked to come up its report within the next seven days.