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Man killed in Sylhet truck-microbus collision

A man was killed and nine others injured after a head-on collision between a bus and a truck at Parganabazar in Sylhet on Friday morning.

The deceased was identified as Golam Mostofa, 38, son of late Aziz Bepari of Chankharpool area in Dhaka.

The accident occurred around 8am when a microbus carrying tourists from Dhaka collided head-on with a Sylhet-bound sand-laden truck, leaving 10 people injured.

Mostofa was pronounced dead after the injured had been taken to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital.

Abdul Qayyum, officer-in-charge of Shah Paran Police Station, said 10 tourists came to Jaflong on Thursday night.

Their microbus reached Parganabazar in Sylhet in the morning when it crashed into a truck coming from the opposite direction.

Road accidents in Bangladesh

Road accidents in Bangladesh is still one of the leading causes of deaths as 37,170 people were killed in 26,902 accidents across the country in the last five years.

Besides, 82,758 people were injured in these accidents, according to a report released by Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (BJKS), a passenger welfare body, marking the National Roads Safety Day on October 22.

According to the report, 8,642 people were killed and 21,855 injured in 6,581 road accidents in 2015 alone.

In 2016, some 6,055 people were killed and 15,914 injured in 4,312 road accidents.

These figures show that the number of casualties in road accidents in Bangladesh is increasing due to reckless driving and dangerous overtaking, according to the report.

BJKS says that the desired development of roads is not yet visible even after the enactment of the Road Transport Act-2018.

Traffic chaos, anarchy, random fare hike and harassment of passengers still remain the same as before. As a result, passenger suffering, traffic jams and road accidents are increasing day by day, the report added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh