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Thakurgaon road accident: Death toll rises to 10

  • Published at 12:28 am August 3rd, 2019
Aftermath of an accident as two buses collide head-on in Thakurgaon on Friday, August 02, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Forty-eight people were also injured in the accident

Two more people have succumbed to their injuries in the head-on collision between two buses in Thakurgaon raising the death toll to 10.

The deceased are- Anwara, 52, wife of Dabir Uddin, a resident of Mistripara; and Kamrunnesa, 45, wife of late Abu Sayeed, of Dhukurjhari village under the Baliadangi upazila.

Baliadangi police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mosabberul Haq said both of them died at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital while undergoing treatment.

Earlier, eight people were killed and 50 injured in the accident in Thakurgaon.

The accident occurred on the Dhaka-Thakurgaon highway near Jagannathpur Balaka Udyan at Sadar upazila Friday morning.

The deceased were identified as- Mostafa, 42, son of Ali Moutar of the Baliadangi upazila and his wife Mansura, 35; Abdul Mazid, 62, hailed from Lakshmipur village of the Sadar upazila; Mangali Rani, 66, wife of Ram Roy of Rasulpur village in the Kaharole upazila of Dinajpur; Joba Rani Roy, 35, wife of Moneshwar Roy of the same village; Md Abdur Rahman Tarun, 40, son of Abdul Mannan of Sangaon village in the Baliadangi upazila; Saraswati Saha, 50, wife of Anil Saha of the Baliadangi upazila and Khitish Chandra Barman, 36, son of Tarani Chandra Barman of Debdangi village in tthe Thakurgaon Sadar.

Confirming matter, Sadar police station OC Ashiqur Rahman said: "A coach coming from Dhaka collided with a mini bus arriving from the opposite direction near Balaka garden on the Dhaka-Thakurgaon highway. 

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"A motorcycle and a three-wheeler carrying passengers too got crushed between the buses," said the OC. 

Five people died on the spot. Two others died after being taken to Thakurgaon Adhunik Sadar Hospital, and one body was recovered from the crushed minibus, said a Fire Service worker Mizan.

Hospital sources and witnesses said at least 50 people were injured. Of them, critically injured 23 were sent to different hospitals while the rest were released after being given primary treatment.  

The number of casualties might increase, Fire Service sources said.

While visiting the accident site, Thakurgaon Deputy Commissioner (DC) KM Kamruzzaman said: "After identifying the victims, Tk10,000 will be provided to their families as burial cost. Moreover, financial assistance will be given for the treatment of the injured."

Road fatalities go unabated

In spite of widespread protests and promises of reform, the road fatality statistics remain as grim as ever.

At least 2,329 people, including 291 women and 381 children, were killed and 4,361 others injured in 2,159 road accidents across Bangladesh in the first half of 2019, said a report of Shipping and Communication Reporters Forum (SCRF) on July 5.

SCRF, a platform of journalists, prepared the report based on news carried by 22 national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.