Dhaka, Bangladesh: Six passengers killed in collision with a truck

8 Jan

Six passengers died when the train on which they were travelling collided with a  truck on a level crossing in Kamalapur, Dhaka. The collision occurred on a level crossing supposedly protected by manually operated light signals. These lights are reputedly faulty and that in essence the level crossing is a passive crossing used by road traffic associated with a freight depot on December 29th, 2014.

The collision has led to a flood of accusations that the railway has been negligent in not repairing the faulty light signals, ensuring that they operated correctly and for not adding manually controlled barriers. The level crossing is used by around 300 trucks daily as they deliver to and collect from the freight depot. Representatives of the truck drivers and the management of the freight terminal have indicated that the status and arrangements for the safe use of the level crossing have been a matter of deep concern for a long time.

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