At least two persons died and nine others sustained injuries when a bus they were travelling in overturned at Fashitola in Gaibandha’s Gobindaganj area on Friday morning.
The deceased have been identified as Mohon Mia and Firoz Kabir of Sonatola upazila.
Officer-in-Charge of Gobindaganj Police Station Mehedi Hasan said that some 10-15 people were on their way for a picnic to Rangpur when the accident occurred around 11 pm.
“The bus overturned after its driver lost control of the vehicle after hitting a CNG-run auto-rickshaw. The two persons were killed on the spot,” the OC said.
Road accidents in Bangladesh
Road accidents in Bangladesh continue to claim hundreds of lives every year.
At least 484 people were killed and 673 injured in 427 road accidents in January this year.
According to Road Safety Foundation (RSF) the accident rate increased by 25.58 percent and fatalities by 8.76 percent in January this year compared to the same period last year.
At least 445 lives were lost in 340 road accidents in January 2020, according to RSF.
In a report released in February 2020, the World Bank said Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated extra $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities.
The report attributed the high death rate on Bangladesh’s roads to lack of investments in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programmes.
Source: United News of Bangladesh