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Jhalakathi road accident: Driver and his assistant arrested

  • 25 people were injured
  • Death toll may increase further
Update : 17 Apr 2024, 09:44 PM

Police have arrested a truck driver and his assistant in connection with the road accident that left 14 people dead near Gabkhan Bridge in the Jhalakathi municipality area on Wednesday.

The arrestees were identified as driver Al-Amin, 29 and his assistant Nazmul, 22.

The driver, Al-Amin is a resident of Jhalakathi upazila and Nazmul is a resident of Khulna.

Officer-in-Charge Moniruzzaman of Jhalakathi District Detective Branch (DB) Police, confirmed the matter. 

At least 14 people, including children, were killed and 25 others injured when a speeding cement-laden truck ran through several vehicles before plunging into a roadside ditch near Gabkhan Bridge in Jhalakathi municipality area on Wednesday. 

The local administration has already formed a four-member probe over the incident. The committee has been asked to submit its report within five working days.

However, the identities of the deceased could not be known immediately. 

The accident took place around 1:30pm when the Barisal-bound truck ploughed through five vehicles including a microbus carrying a bridal party, three auto-rickshaws, and one pickup van standing in front of the toll gate. It then fell into the roadside ditch, leaving fourteen people dead and 25 others injured. The microbus and the auto-rickshaw were crushed severely.

Locals fear that the death toll might increase further. 

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