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Rickshaw puller killed in Brahmanbaria road crash

A rickshaw puller was killed after being hit by a sand-laden tractor on the west side of Comilla-Sylhet Highway in Sherpur of Brahmanbaria district on Friday morning.

The deceased was identified as Milon Mia, 40, son of Bula Mia of Akhitra village in Sarail Upazila.

Khatihata Highway Police Station Officer-in-Charge Mahbubur Rahman said Milon was standing at the gate of Sherpur Mazar while a tractor coming from the opposite direction hit him and his rickshaw.

He died on the spot.

Locals seized the tractor but its driver managed to flee, the policeman said.

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.

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