Friday, 1 July, 2022

13 killed in road crashes in 4 districts

Thirteen people were killed in road accidents in four districts in the country on Wednesday.

In Rajbari, seven people, including two children, were killed and eight others injured when a truck hit a private car and a three-wheeler in the morning, report agencies.

The deceased were identified as Md Nasir, 35, the auto-rickshaw driver, Noyon Sheikh, 9, Md Yusuf, 6, Mariam, 40, Marjina Begum, 40, Shila Khatun, 20, and Mashiran Bibi, 60, of the district’s Pangsha Upazila.

The accident took place at around 9 a.m. when the driver lost control of the speeding truck and crashed into the two vehicles in the Chandpur Railgate area of Kalukhali Upazila, police said.

According to Liakat Ali, officer-in-charge of Pangsha Highway Police, three people died on the spot, while four others died on the way to the hospital.

"Some of the injured have been hospitalised. We have seized the truck that was heading towards Kushtia, but its driver and helper managed to flee," he said.

In the capital, three people, including a college student and a woman were killed in separate road mishaps in the city.

The victims were identified as Abu Sadat Md Sayem, 37, an information officer for a pharmaceutical company, Shakil Rabbi, 24, a college student, and Nazma Begum, 41, a pedestrian.

Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) police outpost in-charge Md Bachchu Mia confirmed the matter, saying that the bodies were kept at the hospital morgue for autopsy.

Atiqul Islam, Sub-Inspector of Demra Police Station, said Sayem was critically injured as a sand-laden truck hit his motorcycle from behind at around 11:15 am on Wednesday in the Demra zero-point area of the city on his way to the office.   Later, he was taken to DMCH where the duty doctor declared Sayem dead, the police officer said, adding that police arrested the driver of the truck, Babar Ali, 33, and seized the truck while the motorcycle was kept under police custody. A case was filed in this connection.

Besides, Sub-Inspector of Banani Police Station Md Burhan Uddin said college student Rabbi died on the spot around 7:45pm last night as his motorcycle hit a road island, losing control due to reckless driving in front of Setu Bhaban in the city’s Mohakhali area.

Shamim Akter, Sub-Inspector of Mugda Police Station, said Nazma was critically injured as a Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) garbage truck hit her around 10 p.m. last night at the TT Para crossing.

The pedestrians took her to Mugda General Hospital where Nazma breathed her last at midnight, he said, adding that the driver of the truck, Sohel Rana, was arrested and the truck was seized.

In Khulna, two people were killed and at least 11 others injured when a speeding bus hit a bike before plunging into a roadside ditch in Khulna this morning, police said.

 The deceased were identified as biker Ali Osman of Khaliskhali village in Satkhira, and Abdul Khaleq of Golna village in Khulna. Ali Osman worked as a medical representative while Abul Khaleq was a logger.

The accident occurred around 8.30 am in the Gutudia area of Dumuria Upazila.

The Satkhira-bound bus, travelling at cruise speed, crashed into the bike coming from the opposite direction and plunged into a roadside ditch after its driver lost control of the vehicle, said Mohammad Shafiq, sub-inspector at Dumuria Police Station.

The crash left the biker and a bus passenger dead on the spot. Of the injured, three are being treated at the upazila health complex while eight were shifted to Khulna Medical College and Hospital, he said.

In Rangpur, a 22-year-old woman was killed while her husband and their minor child were injured when a truck hit their bike in the Baraibari area of Gangachchara Upazila this morning.

 The deceased was identified as Dithi Begum, wife of Md Mahmud.

The accident occurred around 11 am when the truck crashed into the bike, leaving Dithi dead on the spot, said Dulal Hossain, officer-in-charge of Gangachchara Police Station.

As many as 546 people, including 81 children, were killed and 612 others injured in 427 road accidents in April, the Road Safety Foundation said in its latest report, released on May 7.