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5 killed in Narsingdi collision

The accident has also left nine others injured

Update : 20 Jun 2021, 12:15 PM

Five people, including two children, have been killed after a microbus collided head-on with a truck in the Narsingdi district.

The accident happened at the Bhatpara Sakura intersection on Panchdona-Ghorashal road in the district’s Madhabdi upazila around Saturday midnight, said Madhabdi police OC Md Syeduzzaman.

The deceased were identified as Mukti Akhter, 30, her son Sadikul, 8, Rubi Akhter, 40, her daughter Rahima, 3, and Rokeya Akhter, 52.

The accident also left nine other people injured. All the victims were passengers of the microbus and from Ashulia’s Jirabo area under Savar upazila of Dhaka.

Relatives of the victims and police said the victims were returning home in the microbus after visiting a shrine in Sylhet. A child and a woman were killed on the spot after the microbus collided head-on with the truck.

The other child died while locals were rushing the injured to Narsingdi General Hospital.

The injured were later referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital and the other two women died on the way, confirmed Narsingdi Sadar Hospital emergency department’s duty doctor Md Asaduzzaman.

OC Syeduzzaman said a case will soon be filed over the incident and the bodies will be handed over to the families.

He added that police impounded the truck but could not arrest its driver as he managed to flee the scene right away.

Road accident in Bangladesh

Road accidents are common in the country and have been a major cause of deaths.

During the last Eid-ul-Fitr holiday rush, road accidents claimed 323 lives in just 15 days, said Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samiti, a platform that looks out for passengers’ welfare.

Besides, 513 people, including 63 children, were killed and 598 injured in 409 road accidents across the country in March, said another organization, Road Safety Foundation, on April 5.

It said 147 lives were lost in 138 motorcycle accidents, which is 28.65% of the total deaths.

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

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

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