A reckless car ploughed into a crowd of people in front of Kurmitola General Hospital in the capital on Sunday morning, leaving 13 injured — five critically.
Witnesses said two women and a child were among the victims in the road accident, whose identities could not be known immediately.Officer-in-charge of Cantonment Police Station Kazi Shahan Haque said the injured were taken to Kurmitola General Hospital from where five were shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
Police intercepted and seized the car and arrested its driver, the OC added.
Earlier, a passenger bus rammed into a group of students in the same area in 2018, killing two students and triggering street protests across the country. In another incident, a woman and her minor daughter were killed as a passenger bus overturned in Mouchak area in Gazipur on Sunday morning.
Officer-in-charge of Salna Highway Police Station Majibur Rahman said the driver of Ajmiri Paribahan bus lost control over the steering.
Fatema Begum, 35, and her nine-month-old daughter Arbi died on the spot, he added. On Saturday, four persons were killed and at least six others injured as a Leguna hit a pickup van in Mirzapur of Tangail.
Traffic discipline hasn’t reportedly returned yet on roads and highways despite widespread student protests against road fatalities.Desperate driving by untrained and unskilled drivers often costs lives of many people on roads across the country.
Plying of unfit vehicles, lack of rest for drivers, unskilled drivers, plying of slow-moving vehicles on highways, reckless driving, poor monitoring and bad road conditions are responsible for road accidents.
Road accidents are taking place frequently because of reckless driving, overtaking of tendency and non-use of footbridges, said Joint Commissioner (Traffic Police South) Bashudeb Banik said.
He also held both bus drivers and victims responsible for road accidents.
“We are taking various punitive measures against many desperate drivers who are responsible for road accidents” he added.
Rustom Ali, secretary general of Bangladesh Truck Owners Association, said desperate plying of Mahendros, Easybikes, auto-rickshaws, Nochimons, Karimons are also responsible for road accidents on roads and highways.