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11 killed in Gopalganj road crash

  • Published at 07:57 pm December 20th, 2018
Rescue workers trying to save injured passengers of a bus that fell into a ditch after colliding with a three-wheeler in Haridaspur, Gopalganj Sadar on Thursday, December 20, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

A bus and a three-wheeler collide head on at the district’s Haridaspur

At least 11 people, including a woman and three children, have been killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a three-wheel human hauler in Gopalganj Sadar upazila.

At least 20 others were also injured in the fatal incident at the upazila’s Haridaspur on the Dhaka-Khulna Highway around 5:30pm Thursday, said Sadar police station Officer-in-Charge, Md Monirul Islam.

Confirming the casualties, he said the crash left 11 dead on the spot and the death toll might go higher.

Police, fire-fighters, and locals rescued the injured passengers of the Gopalganj-bound Golden Line bus which fell into a roadside ditch after the collision.

All the injured were then admitted to the Gopalganj 250-bed General Hospital.

The hospital’s Deputy Director, Dr Chowdhury Faridul Islam, said the dead included three children, one woman, and seven men.

“Ten bodies are still in the hospital’s morgue. One corpse was taken home by family members,” he said.

According to witnesses, the people killed in the accident included passengers of the bus and three-wheeler, and pedestrians.

Nine of them were identified as Rajib Molla, 20, the driver of the three-wheeler, Saddam Molla, 25, Morshed Gazi, 40, Joglu Shikdar, 35, Janey Alam Sheikh, 37, Mariam, 8, Nayan Sheikh, 11, Meghla, 9, and Renu Begum, 45.

The last four were members of the same family. Identities of the other two men killed are yet to be known.