The dead were Gulenur Begum, 27, her son Sakib, 7, six-months pregnant Amena Begum Surjo, 35, and an unidentified beggar in his sixties. The incident also left three people injured – Ramzan Ali, 30, Bachchu Mia, 35, and Sajib, 5.
Amena’s unborn child also died in the accident.
DMCH police outpost In-charge Bachchu Miah said: “The incident left two people [Gulenur’s son Sakib and the unidentified beggar] spot dead and later Gulenur succumbed to her injuries.” “Amena succumbed to her injuries around 7pm,” he added.
Amena’s husband Zakir Hossain, who is a truck driver, said his wife fell victim to the incident when she was returning to the hospital with some breakfast for the family. Zakir was undergoing treatment at DMCH at the time of the incident.
Zakir and Amena’s son Sajib is undergoing treatment at DMCH, along with the other two injured, as the impact of the accident broke his left leg.
Al Amin, a witness of the accident, said the ambulance had first hit a rickshaw at the gate when it attempted to enter the hospital premises. The initial accident had caused passers-by to come to a halt and that is when the ambulance instantaneously rammed the people standing in front of the gate. The driver might have panicked and pressed on the accelerator in fear, he added.
The DMCH outpost in-charge said in primary investigation they found that the private ambulance was being driven by Sohel who is the helper of the ambulance’s owner Nasir Mistri. Police said they were looking into how a helper was allowed to drive an ambulance.