Five workers were killed and six others injured when a truck crashed into a mini passenger vehicle on the busy Hatikumrul-Bonpara highway in Sirajganj in the early hours of Thursday.
The deceased were identified as Mukul Hossain, 35, son of Abdul Majid, Monir Hossain, 34, son of Abul Bashar, Makbul Hossain, 35, son of Jamir Uddin, Abdul Halim, 45, son of Izal Haque, and Haidar Ali, 40, son of Abdul Kuddus of Natore district.
All the victims were occupants of the mini passenger vehicle (locally known as Leguna).
Lutfur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Hatikumrul Highway Police, said that the accident occurred in the Ramarchar area of the district's Solonga upazila.
"The stone-laden truck crashed into the Natore-bound Leguna, leaving three dead on the spot and eight others injured," he said.
Two other injured died on the way to hospital, he added. "The other injured are being treated at different hospitals."
Road accidents in Bangladesh continue to claim hundreds of lives every year.
As many as 543 people, including 81 children, were killed and 612 others injured in 427 road accidents in April, the Road Safety Foundation said in its latest report, released on May 7.
The non-government organisation said 206 lives were lost in 189 motorcycle accidents, which is 37.93% of the total deaths. Also, 116 pedestrians and 87 drivers and their assistants were killed in March accidents.
On the other hand, accidents on waterways claimed at least eight lives while 23 were killed and five injured in train accidents across Bangladesh last month.
Source: United News of Bangladesh