10 killed in one day as traffic rules ignored

Md Esaraf Hossain

20 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

At least 10 people were killed and 25 other injured on Saturday, one of the highest on a single day, as rules were ignore on the roads in the capital and elsewhere across the country, resulting in frequent crashes and deaths.

Killing and injuring of passengers and passersby on different roads and highways were still a regular phenomena despite police weeks and other initiatives.

The accidents took place in Moghbazar in Dhaka, Biyanibazar in Sylhet, Jhenaidah, Patuakhali and Habiganj districts. 

A pedestrian Bhola Nath, 45, was killed when a passenger bus crushed him in the capital’s Boro Moghbazar area on Saturday morning.

The deceased worked at a workshop in Moghbazar area, police said. The accident took place when Bhola was passing there by a motorbike, police said. Police arrested the bus driver and seized the bus in this connection.

In Patuakhali, a woman and her son were killed and four others injured in a road accident on Patuakhali-Barishal-Dhaka highway on Saturday noon.

The dead were identified as Delwara Begum, 60, Shipan, 35, all hailing from Sriramkathi village of Nalchity upazila in Jhalakathi district.

Witnesses said, cement-laden a speedy truck hit a three-wheeler (locally named Mahindra) in the Sagardi Alia Madrasa area around 1:00pm, leaving the two dead on the spot.

Barishal Katwali Model police station Officer-in-Charge Nurul Islam confirmed the matter.

In Jhenaidah, three women were killed and 10 others injured in a road accident in Laudia area of  Jhenaidah town on Saturday morning.

The accident took place in front of Laudia Govt Primary School around 11am. The identity of the victims cannot be known immediately.

Jhenaidah Sadar Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mainuddin confirmed the incident.

Local residents said a human hauler locally called ‘Mahendra’ was going to Kaliganj from the town on Saturday morning.

On the way, a truck hit the vehicle from behind.

Three women passengers of Mahendra died on the spot and ten others were injured at the time.

The injured were admitted to Jhenaidah Sadar Hospital, they added.

In Habiganj, two people were killed and one was injured critically in a head-on collision between two trucks in Bahubal upazila of Habiganj on Saturday.

The identities of the dead could not be known immediately. But one was of them the driver while another was the helper of a vehicle.

Md Kamruzzaman, officer-in charge of Bahubal Model Police Station, said the head-on collision between two trucks took place at 3:00am at Mouchak on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway.  

The driver and the helper of a vehicle died on the spot.

The driver of another vehicle who injured severely was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to sources.

In Sylhet, two kids were killed and nine others wounded in a head-on collision between two CNG-run auto-rickshaws in Charkhar zero point area of Biyanibazar upazila on Saturday. The dead were identified as Enni, 12, and Tahmina, 15.

Aboni Shankar Roy, officers-in-charge (OC) of the Biyanibazar police station, said, the tragic accident occurred when the two CNG run-auto-rickshaws collided each other. Both the drivers and their passengers were wounded in the accident. When the injured were taken to the MAG Osmani hospital, two injured kids succumbed to their injuries there. 

Mozammel Hoque, secretary general of the organization, said they have been monitoring the road accidents for the last four years as such incidents saw an alarming rise during the Eid rush.

In the wake of scores of deaths on roads, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently issued some directives, including driving-time limitations on drivers of long-haul vehicles, to prevent accidents and casualties.

The “procession of deaths” on roads would stop if the PM’s directives could be implemented immediately, Mozammel added.

Mozammel said 34.02 percent accidents occurred due to head-on collisions while 32.72 percent took place as vehicles ran over pedestrians and 13.23 percent happened after drivers lost control over their wheel.

Plying of unfit vehicles, lack of rest for drivers, unskilled drivers and helpers, plying of slow-moving vehicles on highways, reckless driving, poor monitoring and bad road conditions were to be blamed for the accidents, he said.

Rustom Ali, secretary general of Bangladesh Truck Owners Association, said, “There is no alternative to turning busy highways into four-lane ones in the country.”

Besides, the desperate plying of Mahendro, Easybike, auto-rickshaw, Nochimon, Karimon are also responsible for road accidents, he added.