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8 killed in Faridpur road crashes

  • Published at 11:27 am March 21st, 2021
Faridpur road accident
A damaged microbus is seen after a truck hit the vehicle in Madhukhali upazila of Faridpur on Sunday, March 21, 2021 UNB

In Tangail, road accident kills an official of Olympic Industries Limited 

At least eight people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Madhukhali and Bhanga upazilas of Faridpur on Sunday.

In Madhukhali upazila, six people, including a woman and a child, were killed when a truck hit a microbus on Dhaka-Khulna highway in the Majhkandi area, reports UNB.

Identities of the deceased could not be known immediately.

The accident occurred around 9am when the truck hit the Dhaka-bound microbus from Magura, leaving two people dead on the spot and 14 others injured, said Mohammad Russell, assistant sub-inspector of Kanaipur highway police outpost.

The injured were taken to a local hospital where doctors declared four of them dead.

Police seized the truck but the trucker managed to flee the scene.

In Bhanga upazila, two students were killed when a private car hit a motorbike at Bishwa Road in the early hours of Sunday.

In Tangail, an official of Olympic Industries Limited was killed as a truck ran over him after hitting his motorcycle in Kalihati upazila.

Mahmudur Rahman, 50, of Dinajpur, worked as the regional manager of Olympic Industries in Tangail.

Elenga highway police outpost in-charge Yasin Arafat said Mahmudur was heading towards Kalihati riding his motorbike in the morning.

A truck hit the motorbike from behind in the Bagutia bridge area before he fell on the road.

Mahmudur died on the spot as the truck ran over him, the police official said.

Police seized the truck but its driver fled the scene.

The body was sent to Tangail General Hospital morgue for autopsy, he added.

Road accidents in Bangladesh

Road accidents in Bangladesh continue to claim hundreds of lives every year.

At least 484 people were killed and 673 injured in 427 road accidents in January this year.

According to the Road Safety Foundation (RSF), the accident rate increased by 25.58% while fatalities by 8.76% in January this year compared to the same period last year.

At least 445 people were killed in 340 road accidents in January 2020, according to the RSF.

In a report released in February 2020, the World Bank said Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated extra $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road accident fatalities.

The report attributed the high death rate on Bangladesh's roads to lack of investments in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programs.

Our Tangail correspondent Abdullah Al Numan contributed to this report

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