At least eight people died on Saturday in road accidents on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in Cumilla.
In Daudkandi Upazila’s Eliotganj, a Dhaka-bound Green Line bus rammed into a covered-van from behind in the morning amid poor visibility. The bus’s supervisor was killed on the spot.
Later, the bus driver’s assistant died while he was being taken to hospital, said the Eliotganj Highway Police Outpost Inspector Manirul Islam.
The deceased were identified as – Fahad Al Razi Faisal, son of late Kaikobad of Lalbag area in Cumilla Sadar South Upazila and Manowar Hossain, son of Idris Sheikh of Kajikanda village from Harirampur thana of Manikganj.
In Korpai area of Burichong Upazila, a private car hit a street-side tree, killing two passengers.
The victims were identified as Humayun Kabir, son of Matiar Rahman of Ashokpur in Tangail Sadar and Mojibur Rahman, son of Ashek Ali; hailing from Takurtakur area of the same upazila.
At Daudkandi’s Gouripur bus terminal, a CDM Paribahan bus fell into a ditch after running over a woman pedestrian. Two passengers drowned.
The woman was identified as Nurunnahar, wife of Khairul Molla of Gopchor village in Daudkandi. One of the passengers killed is Md Sumon, son of Sharif Ali of Kushiara village in Daudkandi while other could not be identified yet.
In Cumilla Cantonment area, ‘Bede’ woman Ansari Mandal was crushed to death by a police vehicle rushing towards the site of the previous accident. She hailed from Bikrampur in Munshiganj.
Daudkandi Highway Police Station in-charge Abul Kalam Azad and Maynamati Highway Police Station’s chief Mahabubur Rahman confirmed the deaths.