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Derailed Train Kills 5 In Bangladesh

A child holds on to a rail workers neck as both try to get on to the top of a crowded train at Tongi station, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Oct. 12, 2007. Hundreds of people started going back to their home towns to celebrate the Eid-al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.
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An overcrowded train jumped the tracks in southern Bangladesh on Saturday, killing at least five passengers and injuring more than 100 others, a railway spokesman said.

The Probhati Express — with many passengers riding atop the carriages — was bound for the capital, Dhaka, from the port city of Chittagong, 135 miles to the southeast, when five of the rear cars went off the rails.

Bangladesh Railway spokesman Shafiqul Alam said three bodies had been found and at least 100 people were injured. Those hurt were taken to nearby hospitals, where two others later died of their injuries, Alam said.

Rescuers were still searching for more possible casualties, he said.

"I don't know what happened. The car suddenly fell off the track and landed on its side," said Sohrab Hossain, a rooftop passenger who was hospitalized with a fractured hip and wrist.

The train was packed with about 1,000 people returning home for the three-day Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

It was not immediately clear what caused the derailment. Investigators were on their way to the site about 25 miles north of Chittagong, Alam said.

Accidents — including collisions or derailments — are common on Bangladesh's aging railway system. In June, a train collided with a bus that ignored a stop signal at a crossing in northern Tangail town, killing at least four people and injuring 30 others.