At least 17 day-laborers were killed and 50 injured as the bus carrying them overturned on the railway at Hatia of Kalihati in Tangail on the road stretch past the Jamuna Bridge at about 6:00am Saturday.
Sixteen were killed on the spot, one died on his way to hospital and the other died after his admission to hospital.
The injured were admitted to Tangail General Hospital. Three of them who were critically injured — Shahjahan, Babul and Kamal — were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The police, eyewitness and the injured said when the bus headed for Narsingdi from Bhurungamari in Kurigram overturned on the railway when it reached Hatia.
All the deceased and injured are from Nageswari in Kurigram. They were headed for Tangail and Narsingdi looking for farming job at harvest time.
The bus left Bhurungamari at 7:00pm Friday and one of its wheels got damaged when it reached Sherpur in Bogra at 3:00am Saturday. After repairs, the bus started for Narsingdi.