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Road crashes claim 324 lives in 12 days

  • Special Correspondent
  • 18 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Road crashes claim 324 lives in 12 days

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Some 324 people were killed and 1,612 others injured in around 1,956 road accidents in 12 days of Eid-ul-Azha journey from July 5, according to a non-governmental organisaiton.

Of them, 31 lost their lives and 58 others suffered injuries in road crashes in 13 districts in a single day on Saturday. 

Besides, about 1.25 crore people suffered during the Eid journey from July 5 to 16, Save the Road said in a report on Sunday.

It said 9.6 million people out of 12.5 million who made journey during Eid suffered a lot on roads, railways and waterways and most of them had to pay fare, 2-4 times higher than the actual one.

The remaining 29 lakh people travelled either by their own vehicles or any other comfortable mode of transport, the organisaiton said, adding that around 50,000 people went to their destinations riding on train rooftops.

Unable to go home on motorcycles due to the ban on the inter-district movement of bikes, many had to rely on ambulances, microbuses, hired private cars and even pickups and trucks carrying sacrificial animals.

During the Eid journey, 55 people were killed and 368 others injured in 418 accidents for over-speeding and disregarding the rules.

A husband, his pregnant wife and their baby were killed when a truck ran them over in Mymensingh’s Trishal upazila on Saturday. However, the baby girl was born during the accident and she was doing well.

Also, 96 waterway accidents occurred from July 5 to 16, killing 17 people and injuring 127 others.

Nearly 50,000 people endured extreme sufferings on the railway as well as 122 accidents involving falls from train rooftops and railway crossings, killing 11 people and injuring 212 others.

Shanta Farzana, secretary general of Save the Road, said the findings were compiled based on reports published in 24 national dailies, 17 online news portals and 21 TV channels apart from information provided by its volunteers.

According to the data of the research cell of Save the Road, there were 21 accidents in the last 12 days on the dream Padma Bridge, leaving 27 people injured.

Save the Road recommended lifting restrictions on motorcycle movement to prevent road accidents.