At least four people were killed and 20 others injured as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch in Tungipara of Gopalganj on Saturday.
The deceased were identified as Sanjit Dhar, 40, of Moksudpur upazila, Krishna Kirtania, 32, of Boro Dumuria village of Tungipara, van driver Akramuddin Mollah, 55, of Nilpha village of the same uapzila and helper of the bus driver Thanda Mia, 52, of Bagerhat.Three of the injured were identified as Sanjit Dhar, 40, of Batikamari village in Moksedpur upazila, Krishna Kirtonia, 32, of Jag Dumiria village and Akamuddin Mollah, 50, of Nilfa village in Tungipara. The identities of the rest could not be known immediately.
Officer-in-charge of Gopalganj Sadar Police Station Monirul Islam said the incident occurred in Malek Bazar area along the Gopalganj-Pirojpur road around 11:00 am.
A Dhaka-bound bus of Dola Paribahan from Pirojpur fell into the ditch while letting another vehicle pass at Khaleker Bazar on Gopalganj-Pirojpur road.
Three passengers died on the spot while at least 21 were injured in the accident, the OC said.
Police and fire service personnel later conducted a rescue operation with the help of locals.
Locals, police and members of fire service have admitted 14 critically injured patients to Gopalganj 250-bed General Hospital, the OC added.Road accident in Bangladesh is still one of the leading causes of deaths as 37,170 people were killed in 26,902 accidents across the country in the last five years.
Besides, 82,758 people were injured in these accidents, according to a report released by Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (BJKS), a passenger welfare body, marking the National Roads Safety Day on October 22.
According to the report, 8,642 people were killed and 21,855 injured in 6,581 road accidents in 2015 alone.
In 2016, some 6,055 people were killed and 15,914 injured in 4,312 road accidents.
Besides, 7,397 people were killed and 16,193 injured in 4,979 accidents in 2,017 while 7,221 people were killed and 1,5466 were injured in 5514 accidents in 2018; and 7,855 people were killed and 13,330 injured in 5,516 accidents in 2019, the BJKS report said.