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Family of 4 killed in Faridpur road accident

  • Published at 11:00 am January 6th, 2020
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Aftermath of an accident that killed six people in Faridpur Sadar upazila on Monday, January 6, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Police say poor visibility caused by dense fog is a major reason behind the accident

Six people, including four of a family, were killed and a woman injured in a microbus and bus collision in Sadar upazila, Faridpur.

The accident took place on the Dhaka-Khulna Highway near Mallikpur around 6am on Monday, police said.

The deceased are Dr Shariful Islam Hadi, his daughter Tabassum, sister-in-law Takia, his niece Tanzu, his friend Boalmari police Sub-Inspector Faruk Hossain, and the microbus driver, Nahid.

The district's Additional Superintendent of Police Saifuzzaman said the six were killed on the spot when the Dhaka bound microbus collided head on with the Khulna bound Mamun Paribahan bus.

The fatal accident left Dr Shariful's wife, Ribbi, critically injured. Rescuers took her to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, he added.

“Poor visibility in dense fog is a major reason for this accident,” said Saifuzzaman.

Six others killed, 22 injured in road accidents in five districts

At least six people were killed and 22 injured in other road accidents across five districts in the country.

The accidents occurred on Monday and on Sunday claiming the lives of an eight-year-old child, a primary school teacher, and four men in Chapainawabganj, Satkhira, Nilphamari, Gazipur, and Gopalganj.

In Chapainawabganj, a man and his eight year old daughter were killed on Monday when their motorcycle was mowed down by a speeding truck on the Chapainawabganj-Rajshahi Highway near Uporajarampur.

They were returning from the child's school when the Rajshahi bound truck crushed their motorcycle from behind and killed the two on the spot, said Monirul Islam, traffic police sergeant of the area.

The police is making drives to arrest the truck driver and his assistant, said police.

In Satkhira, police on Monday recovered the dead body of a bicyclist, 14 hours after a horrific bus accident that injured at least 20 people.

Anisur Rahim Babu, 40, was killed when the bus lost control and crushed him and his bicycle down into a ditch in Patkelghata on Sunday around 12pm, police say. The bus was also abandoned in the ditch.

Patkelghata police OC Kazi Wahid Murshed said: "The driver and his assistants fled the scene after the accident and the victims were rescued in a combined effort of the police and fire service."

"The whereabouts of the bicyclist was unknown to law enforcement until today," he added.

In Nilphamari, Mintu Hossain, 52, a cauliflower vendor was killed in a road accident when a three wheeler collided head on with a truck in Parbatipur Bazar of Saidpur.

The accident took place around 7am on Monday killing Mintu and leaving the three wheeler driver critically injured, said OC Abul Hasnat of Saidpur police station.

In Gazipur, Shahnaz Parveen, 45, a primary school teacher was killed when a Kaliakoir bound truck hit and ran her over in Sreepur upazila.

The accident took place on Sunday around 8pm, on the Mawna-Fulbaria road when she and her husband Nurul Amin, were returning home on a motorcycle and the truck ran them over, said Sreepur Police Sub-Inspector Nayan Bhuiyan.

In Gopalganj, a 20 year old college student, Rumen Sheikh, died in a road accident when he lost control and fell off his motorcycle, hitting a speed breaker, that killed him instantly, according to the police.

"The accident occurred on Sunday evening and we handed over the dead body to his family," said Kashiani police OC Azizur Rahman.

As many as 5,227 people were killed and 6,953 others injured in road accidents across the country last year, according to a road safety advocacy group.

Our correspondents Md Anwar Hossain Choudhury, Chapainawabganj; Asaduzzaman Ripon, Satkhira; Taiyeb Ali Sarker, Nilphamari; Md Raihanul Islam Akand, Gazipur; and Manoj Kumar Saha, Gopalganj, contributed to the report.