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6 killed in Comilla, Cox's Bazar road accidents

  • Published at 10:38 am February 8th, 2020
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Wreckage of a bus after an accident near Baniarchhara area of Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway Friday, February 7, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Around 24 people were injured in the incidents

Six people have been killed and 24 injured in separate road accidents in Comilla and Cox's Bazar districts.

In Comilla, two people were killed and 10 others injured as an Ena Paribahan bus crashed into the rear of a covered van in Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

The incident occurred near Jagannath Dighi area in Comilla's Chauddagram upazila around 1am on Saturday.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Mia Bazar highway police outpost in-charge AKM Sharfuddin said the covered van driver and the supervisor of the Ena Paribahan bus died on the spot.

"However, their identities could not be confirmed yet," he said.

He said the driver of the Chittagong-bound covered van lost his grip over the steering and swerved toward the traffic median when the speeding bus rammed into it from behind.

After receiving information about the accident, law enforcement teams from Mia Bazar highway police outpost, Chauddagram police station and Comilla Fire Service jointly rescued the injured sent them to nearby hospitals at first, then to Comilla Medical College Hospital for treatment.

The highway police have impounded the wrecked covered van and the bus from the scene.

In Cox's Bazar, four people have been killed and 14 others injured in a road accident in Chakaria upazila.

The accident occurred as a bus plummeted into a road-side ditch near the Baniarchhara area of Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway around 10:30pm on Friday.

The identities of the deceased could not be determined immediately, Chakaria police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Habibur Rahman told Dhaka Tribune.

He said: "The driver of Star Line Paribahan lost control of the steering, thus the bus veered off the road and plunged into a roadside ditch,  turning upside down and killing four of its passengers - three men and a woman - on the spot.

"Around 14 people were injured."

After being informed of the accident, law enforcement teams from Chakaria police station, Chiringa highway police, Harbang police outpost, and Chittagong Fire Service went to the spot and recovered the bodies, the OC said.

He further mentioned that the bus was carrying 40 passengers.

Traffic movement on the highway was halted due to the accident. However, traffic became normal once the mangled bus was removed from the site by a crane, he added.

Chakaria Fire Service Station Officer Saiful Hasan said: "We rescued the injured people without delay once we arrived on the scene and sent them to the hospital.

"Among the injured, one person is in a critical condition but the others only suffered minor injuries."