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Dhaka Tribune

Accident hurts 8 in city

Update : 26 May 2013, 04:26 AM



A recklessly driven bus rammed a number of vehicles leaving at least eight people severely injured at Matsya Bhaban intersection in the capital’s Ramna area on Saturday morning.

Eyewitnesses said the bus had disobeyed the traffic signal then the incident happened ahead of VVIP movement.

The law enforcers were about to close the road for Prime Minister’s motorcade movement in the area around 9:45am.

But the bus of route-3 heading to Fulbaria from Abdullahpur speeded forward from the left side sensing that once the road is closed it will take time to be reopened.

The bus with increasing speed kept going forward stubbornly, and could not stop when the signal light turned red then at the one stage of forwarding it hit an auto-rickshaw.

Immediately after the incidents a number of pedestrians, member of law enforcing agencies rushed to the spot and rescued the victims.

The CNG-run auto-rickshaw’s driver was rescued after breaking a portion of the vehicles.

After the incident, vehicular movement was halted for about half an hour, though the VVIP motorcade could pass the intersection without trouble.

Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Ramna Police Station, said though the driver and helper of the bus managed to flee the scene, they seized the bus and other vehicles.

Among the injured five people, including two passers-by were admitted in Dhaka Medical College Hospital while rest of the injured were released after primary treatment.

The hospitalised victims’ were— auto-rickshaw driver Nur Hossain, 35,  its passengers Achhia Begum, 32, her daughter Faria Tabassum, 8, and two pedestrians— Afzal Hossain, 50, and Masud Hossain, 55. 

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