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10 killed in road crashes as Eid holiday begins

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The wreckage of the motorcycle after it collided with a truck on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Shibpur upazila of Nairsingdi on Thursday, July 30, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

The incidents all occurred on Thursday

At least eight people were killed and several others injured in separate road accidents in three districts on Thursday as the country went into holiday mode on Eid-ul-Azha amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Gopalganj, three members of a family were killed after a private car crashed into the railing of a railway flyover on the Dhaka-Khulna Highway in Bhatiapara of Kashiani upazila in Gopalganj in the morning.

The deceased were identified as Ziaul Haque, 55, his son Emdadul Haque, 25, of Dighalia in Khulna and his brother–in-law Sajjad Molla, 35, of Narail.

Confirming their identities, Md Ataur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Bhanga Highway police station, said the three were killed on the spot at around 4am while two others were injured.

The accident took place when Singapore expatriate Emdadul Haque was going home with his father and sister’s husband by a rented private car from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, the OC added.

The injured were taken to Gopalganj General Hospital, the OC said.

The bodies were handed over to their relatives, he added.

In Chittagong, three people, including a police officer, were killed in separate road accidents in the city and Lohagara upazila of the district.

In the port city, probationary sub-inspector Ahsanul Hoque , 27,  from Ukhia upazila of Cox's Bazar, was killed when a passenger bus rammed into his motorbike on Mariners' Road at around 11:15am, said Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station.

In Lohagara upazila, two passengers of a Chittagong-bound bus were killed and 10 others were injured when the bus collided head-on with a truck in front of Bara Auliya Degree College around 7:30am, said Yasir Arafat, OC of Dohazari Highway police station.

The deceased were identified as Md Shawkat, 27, from Chandanaish of Chittagong, and Mostafizur Rahman, 27, from Jhalakathi, he said.

The injured passengers were given primary treatment in Lohagara upazila Health Complex, he said.

In Gaibandha, a man and his son were killed in a road accident in Gaibandha's Gobindaganj upazila.

The deceased were Md Achir Uddin, 55, and his son Md. Zobayer Hossain, 14,  residents of  Bogdoha colony in the upazila.

The accident occurred at Tarof Kamal Shiyalgara area on the Gobindaganj- Dinajpur regional highway around 10am.

Quoting witnesses, Md Afzal Hossain, inspector (investigation) of Gobindaganj police station, said, "Achir was returning home after picking up his son from a Madrasa hostel in Bogra  in the morning. However, their motorcycle collided with a microbus near Tarapkamal area."

"Locals rushed them to the Gobindaganj Upazila Health Complex, where doctors pronounced them dead."

Achir was a teacher at a local Dakhil Madrasa. He had gone to bring back his son from a Madrasa in Bogra for the Eid holidays, said the inspector.

In Narsingdi, two persons on a motorcycle died when their vehicle collided head-on with a truck on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Shibpur upazila at around noon.

The deceased could not be identified immediately, said Haider Talukder, in-charge of Itakholta Highway police outpost. 

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