The event occurred at 9:30 a.m. on Friday as the ferry, called Shah Jajal. It was heading from Banglabazar in Madaripur to the Shimulia port near Padma Bridge.
The ship had 33 vehicles and almost 2,000 passengers on board. Officials reported the unexpected on Friday. At least 25 persons were injured in a ferry accident on the Padma river near Munshiganj. The vehicles collided against each other on impact. Many passengers fell on the deck of the ferry hence injuring the passengers.
“While crossing the river along the Banglabazar-Shimulia route. Later on, The boat collided with pillar No. 17 of the Padma bridge, injuring numerous persons but leaving the pillar mostly undamaged,” said Jahangir Alam Khan, a spokesperson for the shipping ministry.
Abdur Rahman, the ferry’s captain, claimed the steering wheel became dislocated when the ship’s electrical circuit unexpectedly failed. And a strong river current caused the accident. The ferryman ultimately regained control of the ship and successfully navigated it to the Shimulia port without any difficulty.
Padma Bridge’s First Time?
This was the second incident of a Ro-Ro Ferry hitting the pillar of Padma Bridge. Earlier on Tuesday, another Ro-Ro Ferry, Shah Mukhdum, hit pillar 16. The bridge authority has expressed concern as three ferries have collided with the pillars this month only.
BIWTC suspended the ferry master later in the day for failing to operate the vessel properly. The ferry master suspended by BIWTC. Suspended for failing to manage the boat properly, according to BSS.
Are They Properly Punished?
An investigation committee is here to look into the event. The chief information officer for the Shipping Ministry is still unsure if the pillar has damaged or not. A four-member committee will investigate the event.
Later on, SM Ashiquzzaman, BIWTC Director (Business) gave the committee three days to deliver its report.
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