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At least 12 people were killed and two others injured in a collision between a Rajshahi-bound Uttara Express train and a bus in Joypurhat Sadar upazila this morning.

The identity of the deceased are – Sarwar Hossain (32) and Arifur Rahman Rabbi (34), both are sons of Altaf, a resident of Atul village in Sadar upazila, Ramzan Ali (38), son of Manik from Hichmi village, Saju Mia (28), son of Dudu Qazi from Chakbila village, and Babu (35), son of Gora Mia of Raninagar Bijoykanti village under Naogaon upazila.

The identity of the other victims could not be known immediately.

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Police and fire service sources said the accident took place at around 6:55 am, when the Rajshahi-bound ‘Uttara’ Mail train from Parbatipur hit the Hili-bound bus, leaving ten people dead on the spot and four others injured.

Superintendent of Police Mohammad Salam Kabir said the rescue operation started soon after the accident took place. train 

On information, Joypurhat Fire Service personnel rushed to the spot and started the rescue operation. Khandaker Chanaul Haque, Deputy Assistant Director of the local fire service, said bodies of 10 people were recovered from the bus and the injured were rushed to District Modern Hospital.

Duty Doctor Rashed Mobarak of District Modern Hospital told BSS that as the condition of the injured deteriorated, they were referred to Shaheed Zia Medical College Hospital for better treatment.

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