At least 16 people have been killed and more than people 50 people were injured in a head-on collision between two trains in Brahmanbaria.
The incident was reported early on Tuesday from the east central district's Kasba Upazila, said officials.
“Chattogram-bound Udayan Express from Sylhet and Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita from Chattogram collided near Mondobhag Railway Station around 3:30am,” said Brahmanbaria Deputy Commissioner Hayat-ud-Dowla Khan. "The accident occurred because the loco masters disregarded the rail traffic signals."
Nine people, including four women, died on spot, according to Kasba Upazila administration chief (UNO) Masud Ul Alam. "The rest succumbed to their injuries at hospitals," he said before adding more than 50 people were taken to the different hospitals from the scene.
Soon after the crash, the local fire service launched a rescue operation, said the government official.
Duty Officer Barkatullah of the Brahmanbaria Fire Service's control room said they fear the death toll may rise.
The train services in Dhaka-Chattogram and Chattogram-Sylhet routes have been suspended following the accident.
Inquiries have been opened over the fatal crash.
The Railways Ministry, Bangladesh Railway and Brahmanbaria district administration have formed separate probe panels to look into the accident, according Mofazzal Hossain, the secretary to the ministry.