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Death of 5 persons in Uttara viaduct falling: Probe body submits preliminary report

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  • 16th August, 2022 10:59:44 AM
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Death of 5 persons in Uttara viaduct falling: Probe body submits preliminary report

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The five-member probe body formed over the Dhaka Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) girder tragedy that left five persons dead and two others injured has submitted a preliminary report to the government.

Earlier, the Ministry of Road Transport and Bridges formed the probe committee to investigate the incident.

Nilima Akhter, additional secretary Road Transport and Highways Division, was made the head of the committee.

The committee was asked to submit a primary report by this morning and submit a full report within next two days.

Representatives from Roads and Highways Department, Bangladesh Bridge Authority and Bangladesh Police are in the committee.

Five members of a family, including two children, were killed after a box girder of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project fell on their private car at Uttara in the capital on Monday afternoon.

Two other occupants of the vehicle also suffered serious injuries in the incident.

Four of the deceased were identified as Rubel, 50, Jharna, 28, Jannat, 6, and Jakaria, 2, while the injured are Hridoy, 26, and Ria Moni, 21.

Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Uttara West Police Station, told the Daily Sun that the incident took place in front of Paradise Tower at Uttara Sector-3 around 4:20pm.

A crane was lifting a box girder to shift it from one place to another, he said. “However, the crane got titled and the girder landed on the private (Dhaka Metro Ga-22-6008),” he said.

Hriody and Ria were rescued from the mangled car and sent to a local hospital, the OC said, adding that others got stuck inside the car.

Later, police and firefighters recovered their bodies, said the officer.

This is not for the first time that a girder collapsed in the BRT project area. The incident of girder collapse took place in the past too. But the authorities concerned seem to pay a blind eye to the serious issue.

On July 15 last, a security guard was killed and a pedestrian injured after a portion of a girder of BRT project fell on them in Gazipur.

On March 14, 2021, six workers, including three Chinese men, suffered injuries after a launching girder collapsed near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

On March 13, 2017, Swapan Mia was killed and two other workers were injured as a girder fell from under-construction Moghbazar-Malibagh flyover near Malibagh level crossing.

On November 25, 2012, at least four people died and 15 others were injured when the concrete girder of the under-construction flyover at Bahaddarhat in Chattogram collapsed on a kitchen market.