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Dhaka Tribune

Report: 576 killed in July road crashes

  • Dhaka division saw highest number of fatalities
  • 42 of the deceased were children
Update : 05 Aug 2023, 04:32 PM

As many as 576 people were killed and 1,055 injured in 505 road accidents across Bangladesh in July, said a report by the passenger welfare organization Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity.

Forty-eight people died in 47 railway accidents while 21 died and 15 were injured in 16 waterway accidents, it said.

BJKS published the report on Saturday after analyzing accident reports published in the country's national and regional dailies and online news portals during the period.

A total of 644 people were killed and 1,075 others injured in 644 accidents on roads, waterways and railways across the country.

One hundred ninety-five people died and 122 others were injured in some 180 motorbike accidents across the country last month, which is 35.64% of the total number of accidents and 31.61% of the fatalities.

Among those killed in road accidents in July, 119 were drivers, 77 pedestrians, 17 transport workers, 29 students, seven teachers, three members of law enforcement agencies, one army personnel, one navy personnel, one Border Guard Bangladesh member, one firefighter, 82 women, 42 children and seven activists of different political parties.

The highest 173 people were killed and 271 injured in 157 road accidents in Dhaka division, while the lowest 38 people were killed and 138 others injured in 23 road crashes in Barisal division.

Among the vehicles involved in the accidents, 18.74% were buses, 22.84% were pickup vans, covered vans and lorries, 6.83% were cars, 5.74% were CNG-run autorickshaws, 25.99% were motorbikes, 15.32% were battery-run “human haulers” and 4.51% were three-wheelers.

Of the accidents, 38.61% occurred on national highways, 30.69% on regional highways and 24.15% on other roads.

Besides, 5.34% of accidents occurred in Dhaka city, 0.39% in Chittagong city and 0.79% on railway tracks.

The association identified the plying of slow-moving three-wheelers and human haulers on highways, an increase in the movement of three-wheelers, lack of street lights and road signs, violation of traffic rules, movement of unfit vehicles, faulty construction work on highways, dangerous overtaking, carrying passengers on goods-laden vehicles, extortion, unskilled drivers and assistants, and reckless driving as the reasons for the road accidents.

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