An intercity train derailed at Baramchal in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar on Sunday night, killing at least five passengers and injuring over 200 others.
Yardous Hasan, officer-in-charge of Kulaura Police Station, said six bogies of Dhaka-bound 'Upaban Express' train from Sylhet veered off the tracks around 11:40pm after a culvert over the Barochhara Canal, 200 yards off Baramchal Railway Station, broke down.
Two of the bogies fell into the canal and one of them overturned, he said.
Sub-inspector Harunur Rashid, duty office at the police station, told UNB around 1:45am on Monday that they recovered four bodies from the spot.
The injured were taken to Kulaura Health Complex, Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital, Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital and some local hospitals, he said.
The accident also snapped Sylhet's rail communications with other parts of the country, including the capital.
On information, firefighters and police rushed in and conducted the rescue operation, said officer-in-charge of Kulaura Government Railway Police Station Md Abdul Malek.
Meanwhile, a three-member probe body, including Railway's east-zone engineer Mizanur Rahman, was formed to probe the incident.
Fatal train accidents of 2019 around the world
Denmark - Great Belt Bridge rail accident: A DSB express passenger train is hit by a semi-trailer from a passing cargo train on the western bridge of the Great Belt Fixed Link, killing eight people and injuring 16 on January 2.
United States - A Norfolk Southern freight train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in Jefferson County, Georgia near Bartow, prompting the evacuation of all addresses within a 7-mile (11 km) radius of the crash site due to tanker leakage on January 6. No injuries from the derailment were reported; however, at least 26 people, including a firefighter and three law enforcement officers, were treated for chemical exposure.
South Africa - Mountain View train collision: Two passenger trains collide at Mountain View station in Pretoria, killing at least four people and injuring at least 620 others on January 8.
Netherlands - A passenger train collided with a lorry on a level crossing in Leeuwarden, Friesland and was derailed on January 11. Six people sustain minor injuries. The lorry driver had parked on the level crossing while asking for directions.
India - Seemanchal Express derailment: the Seemanchal Express train derailed near Sahdei Buzurg in Vaishali district of Bihar, India resulting in the deaths of at least 8 passengers on February 3.
Canada - A westbound Canadian Pacific train derailed east of Field, British Columbia, resulting in the deaths of 3 crew members on February 4.
Spain - Two passenger trains collide head-on at Manresa February 8. One person is killed, 95 are injured.
United States - Two separate Long Island Rail Road trains hit a pickup truck at the School Street railroad crossing in Westbury, New York on the LIRR Main Line, causing the driver and two passengers to be ejected from the vehicle resulting in their deaths, numerous injuries, and damage to the nearby LIRR station platform on February 26.
Egypt – Ramses Station rail disaster: A train smashed into a barrier inside Ramses Station, causing a major explosion and a fire. More than 25 people died and at least 50 others were injured on February 27.
DR Congo - A freight train with many passengers on the freight cars derails, leaving 32 dead and around 70 injured on March 17.
Hong Kong - Two Hong Kong subway trains collided between Central and Admiralty stations during testing of a new signalling system. Both drivers were injured on March 18.
United States - Six cars of a Norfolk Southern freight train carrying trash derailed in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania on April 16. The train was traveling westbound from Oak Island, New Jersey to Mingo Junction, Ohio. The derailment backed up train traffic as far away as Chicago.