At least 10 passengers were killed and another 40 injured after a bus veered off a road and plunged into a ditch at Rajapur upazila in Jhalakati yesterday.
The accident took place at the Biswasbari point of Khulna-Jhalakati-Barisal road around 4:30pm, said Masuduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Rajapur police station.
Resident Medical Officer (RMO) of Rajapur Health Complex Mahbubur Rahman said three passengers died on the spot and five others were declared dead after they were brought to the hospital.
Five of the deceased were identified. They were Shaon Hossain, 35, and his wife Jharna, 28, Abul Kalam, 35, of Lebukhali village in Patuakhali, Mukul Ranjan, 27, and Kulsum, 35, of Barisal district.
Three others were yet to be identified. After identification, they would be sent to Jhalakati General Hospital for autopsy, RMO Mahbubd said.
According to our correspondent, two other bodies were recovered around 8:30pm and death toll might increase further as the rescue operation was still going on.
The injured were admitted to Rajapur Upazila Health Complex and Jhalakati General Hospital and Barisal Sher E Bangla Medical College Hospital.
Among those admitted to Barisal SBMCH are Zulfikar, 31, Hafizul, 30, Rezaul, 44, Haider, 18, Abdul Latif, 75, Abu Saleh, 35, Shah Alam, 40, Nowsher, 35, Ayub Ali, 26.
According to the SBMCH emergency medical officer, most of them suffered serious injuries in the accident.
Witnesses and passengers said the accident had taken place as a result of the driver’s failure to control the bus after one of its front tyres was punctured while taking the diversion road beside an under-construction bridge there.
The bus, which left Khulna at 2pm, was bound for Barisal.
Locals, police, fire services and RAB from Rajapur, Jhalakati, Kaukhali, and Barisal launched the rescue operation. The bus has got twisted in such a way that it is now a wreckage.
Jhalakati Deputy Commissioner Md Shakhawat Hossain, Superintendent of Police Md Majid Ali, Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police AFM Anwar Hossain visited the site.