• Monday, Apr 22, 2019
  • Last Update : 01:34 am

Road crashes kill 18 across Bangladesh in two days


The government has been blamed for failing to implement related laws and prevent casualties from such incidents

At least 18 people, including children and an army sergeant, have been killed and around 17 others injured in road accidents across Bangladesh in the past two days, according to police and eyewitnesses.

The latest string of deaths continues to prove that Bangladesh is struggling to curb such accidents on the roads and highways, especially during the Eid rush.

In between Wednesday early hours and afternoon, three people were killed in Gazipur, two in Bogra, and one each in Tangail, Gopalganj, Chapainawabganj and Naogaon.

Ten others were injured in some of these accidents.

On Tuesday, between morning and afternoon, three people were killed in Jhenaidah, and one each in Bogra, Naogaon, Jessore, Madaripur and Munshiganj, leaving seven others injured in some of these accidents.

Since June 1, nearly 300 people have lost their lives and scores have been injured on the roads and highways across the country.

Most casualties had occurred during travels before and after the Eid holidays - a time when the transport sector experiences a massive rush on all modes of travel nationwide.

At least 37 people were killed and 123 injured in separate road accidents across Bangladesh on June 23 alone.

Experts and passengers’ rights activists blame the government for failing to implement laws and maintain order on the roads and prevent casualties from such incidents.