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No let-up in traffic fatalities

6 killed in Habiganj; 2 Chinese nationals among 3 killed in Barguna

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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No let-up in traffic fatalities

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At least six people were killed in a road accident on Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Shaistaganj upazila of Habiganj on Monday. 

A head-on collision between a CNG-run auto-rickshaw and a covered van left six passengers, including two women, of the auto-rickshaw dead on the spot.

The accident took place in Nasratpur Gate area around 7:45am, said Officer-in-Charge of Shaistaganj Police Station Ajay Chandra Deb.

The deceased were identified as Md Ahad Miah, 30, son of Md Abul Miah, his wife Shahena Akter, 25, Raju Miah, 22, son of Safar Ali, Rahela Akter, 23, wife of Akbar Ali, Sohag Miah, 20, son of Abdullah Miah, Alauddin, 27, son of Anfar Ullah. All of them were the inhabitants of different upazilas in the district. 

Locals said they all worked at the Pran-RFL Group in Olipur.

Receiving information, local firefighters and Shaistaganj Highway police reached the spot and recovered the bodies. Later, the bodies were sent to Habiganj Sadar Adhunik Hospital morgue.

Meanwhile, two Chinese officials of a Thermal Power Station and their Bangladeshi interpreter have been killed when a microbus carrying them plunged into a ditch on the Amtali-Patuakhali highway at Kewabunia near Brickfield in Barguna, reports UNB. 

 The driver of the microbus was seriously injured in the accident on Sunday night.

 The Chinese were identified as Leoen Tao, a safety officer of Shanghai Electric Power Construction Company at the Taltoli Isotech thermal power plant, and engineer Luziklong. Their interpreter was Md Fakhrul Hasan, son of Anisur Rahman from Gulshan in Dhaka.

 Eye-witnesses said they were traveling in a microbus from Dhaka to Taltoli Thermal Power Station on Sunday night.

 The driver lost control on the Amtali-Patuakhali highway plunging the vehicle into a ditch along the road leaving the three dead on the spot.

 Shah Alam Hawladar, officer-in-charge of Amtali Police Station, said the police recovered the bodies at night and took them to the police station.

 The injured driver was admitted to Amtali Upazila Health Complex, the OC added.

 District Superintendent of Police Jahangir Mallick said the Isotec thermal power plant authorities and the Chinese embassy would make all arrangements to repatriate the bodies of the Chinese nationals.

Filing of a case is underway, he said.

 Fatal road accidents, blamed on rash and unskilled driving and faulty vehicles, are common in Bangladesh.

 At least 2,329 people, including 291 women and 381 children, were killed and 4,361 others injured in 2,159 road accidents across the country in the first half of the current year, says a report published in July.