The bus was recklessly overtaking another vehicle and ended up colliding with the truck
At least six people have been killed and over a dozen others injured after a bus and a truck collided head-on in Sherpur upazila, Bogra.
The incident took place on Dhaka-Rangpur Highway in the College Road area early Sunday, said witnesses and officials of Fire Service and police.
Officials said the accident took place around 4:45am when the Bogra-bound SR Travels bus collided with the truck, carrying stones, coming from the opposite direction.
The six deceased, who died on the spot after the collision, include two drivers of the vehicles and a woman. Identities of the victims could not be known immediately.
The injured were taken to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital and other local health complexes.
Silimpur police outpost Sub-Inspector Abdul Aziz Mandal said 13 of the injured were undergoing treatment at the hospital and three of them were in critical condition.
Sherpur highway police outpost In-Charge Inspector Baniul Anam told reporters that the bus was recklessly overtaking another vehicle and ended up colliding with the truck.
Following the accident, traffic on the highway was halted for an hour until police brought the situation under control, he added.
At least 484 people were killed and 673 injured in 427 road accidents throughout Bangladesh only in January this year, marking an alarming rise in such incidents.
According to the Road Safety Foundation (RSF), the accident rate jumped by 25.58% and fatalities by 8.76% last month compared to the same period last year.
At least 445 lives were lost in 340 road accidents in January 2020.
Data gathered by Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association also says that at least 6,686 people lost their lives and 8,600 were injured in a total of 4,891 road accidents in 2020.