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1 killed in city road crash

A bus driver’s assistant was killed in a road accident in Dhaka’s Uttara on Thursday.

The victim was identified as Jahangir Alam, 40, the conductor of Gazipur Paribahan.

Imran, a co-worker of the victim, said the bus was waiting for passengers at House Building area when a covered van rammed it from behind at noon.

He was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) but doctors there pronounced him dead at around 4:15pm, Imran said.

Inspector Bachhu Mia, the DMCH police camp in-charge, said the body was kept at the hospital morgue for autopsy.

Son of Jafar Ali Hawlader, Jahangir hailed from Sirajganj district. He had been living in Joydebpur of Gazipur along with his wife and daughter.

439 killed in November

The number of road crashes and casualties on Bangladesh’s roads and highways marked a sharp rise in November with at least 439 people killed and 682 others injured in 417 accidents, according to a report released by the Road Safety Foundation (RSF), an organisation working to ensure safer roads, earlier this month.

The report was prepared based on accident news carried by seven national dailies, five online news portals and the electronic media.

As per the RSF report, 383 people were killed in 314 accidents in October.

Some 49 drivers and their assistants were also subjected to the road fatalities which is 11.16 percent of the total deaths.

Motorcycle accidents turned out to be the deadliest ones as those are alone responsible for the death of 141 people, which is 32.11 percent of the total deaths. The total number of motorcycle crashes was 128 in the last month which is 30,69 percent of the total accidents.

According to the RSF data, at least 116 pedestrians were killed in the road accidents which account for 26.42 percent of the total deaths.

Dhaka division witnessed the highest number of accidents with 128 deaths from 111 crashes while Sylhet experienced the lowest number of crashes and casualties with 14 deaths from 22 accidents.

The RSF pointed out 10 major reasons behind the increasing trend of road accidents.

The reasons include faulty vehicles, reckless driving, desperate mentality, incompetence and illness of drivers unsettled wages and working hours, movement of low-speed vehicles on the highways, reckless motorcycling by youths, the tendency of flouting traffic rules among people, poor management of traffic, lack of efficiency of BRTA, and extortion in the transport sector.

The RSF urged the authorities concerned to address the issues and take necessary initiatives to fix those.

Source: United News of Bangladesh