Thirteen people died and six were injured in separate road accidents in different parts of the country yesterday, only a day after a fatal crash claimed 10 lives and injured another 40 in Jhalakati.
In Tangail, eight people, including three of a family, were killed and another four injured in a road crash at Asura of Madhupur upazila beside Tangail-Mymensingh road around 12:30pm.
They were Habibur Rahman, 50, of Raktipara village, his daughter Hena Begum, 28, Hena’s daughter Ayesha, 12, Firoza Begum, 50, of Narkona village, Firoza’s grandson Sadik, 4, Asar Ali, 40, of Narkona, Mojibur Rahman, 55, of Raktipara, and autorickshaw driver Abdul Kader, 65.
Officer-in-Charge of Madhupur police station Mojibur Rahman said the accident took place when a Madhupur-bound truck which was travelling from Tangail collided head on with an autorickshaw coming from the opposite direction, leaving three passengers of the autorickshaw dead on the spot.
He said the other five were taken to Madhupur Upazila Health Complex but doctors declared them dead, adding that the injured were sent to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.
Around 30 minutes before the Tangail incident, four people, including a father and his daughter, were killed when a truck hit an autorickshaw near Bagachara Madrasa intersection of Mahadebpur upazila in Naogaon.
The deceased were Abdus Sattar, 45, of Enayetpur, his daughter Khushi, 9, Sohel Rana, 25, son of Kashem of Dogachi village in Naogaon Sadar upazila, and Ishmat Ali, 37, who was driving the autorickshaw.
The accident also left another two passengers of the autorickshaw injured, who were admitted to Naogaon Sadar Hospital.
Mahadebpur police station Officer-in-Charge Saiful Islam said the truck, which was travelling to Naohanta from Naogaon, crashed into the Naohanta-bound autorickshaw.
He said the four died on the spot and the 35-year-old trucker, Abdul Mannan, was detained shortly.
“The truck was also seized. A case will be lodged with Mahadebpur police station in this connection,”added Saiful.
There was another road accident in Faridpur which killed a police officer.
The 58-year-old traffic police inspector, Soroj Kumar Roy, died when a truck ran over him at Piarpur beside the bypass road in Faridpur town.
Soroj hailed from Kotalipara in Gopalganj.
Faridpur Police Super Jamil Hasan said Soroj, who was on duty at Rajbari intersection around 10am, signalled the truck to stop.
“He rode his motorbike and chased the truck as the driver did not stop. But he could not go very far as the truck ran over him, killing him on the spot,”he said.
We are trying to capture the trucker who sped away after the accident, he added.