Sunday, June 8, 2008

Two students crushed under wheels of train

Two motorbike riders were run over by a local train yesterday while they were crossing a railway track in Laxmipur Bhatapara area.

The victims, identified as Miko, 30, of Chhotobongram housing area and student of Rajshahi University, and Robin, 25, of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj and student of Bangabandhu Degree College.

The riders were hit by the Rohonpur-bound local train while they were crossing a narrow cattle crossing. They died on the spot.

The train movement on Rajshahi-Chapainawabganj route remained suspended for three hours since 1:30pm as the damaged motorcycle blocked up at the train's engine bumper.

Local people said the crossing is being used for many years for the convenience of the locals. The railway authorities have never closed the crossing nor they posted any guard to maintain security in the area.

When contacted, Chief Operating Manager (western railway) M Shahjahan said the crossing was unauthorised.

"We noticed it after the accident… We can't keep vigilance on railway tracks regularly for lack of manpower".

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