5-year-old crushed under pick-up van in Sylhet

The deceased was identified as Akikur Rahman, 5, son of a brick kiln laborer from Joyshiddhi village in Kishorganj district.

According to the witnesses, after buying a packet of chips from the shop near the brick-kiln his father works at, Akik was crossing the Bishwanath-Jagannathpur road. Meanwhile a Jagannathpur-bound pick-up van came from the opposite side and crushed him. Locals rescued and rushed Akik in a critical condition to Sylhet Osmani Hospital where the doctors announced him dead.

Bishwanath police station’s additional SuperIntendent Debashish Sharma said, the child body is in the Osmani Hospital now and the pick-up van is kept under the custody of local Truck workers Union’s president.

At least 484 people were killed and 673 injured in 427 road accidents throughout the country in January this year.

The rate of accidents rose 25.58% and fatalities 8.76% compared to the same period of last year, according to the Road Safety Foundation (RSF).

At least 445 lives were lost in 340 road accidents in January last year, said the RSF on Saturday.

Between January 1 and January 31 of this year, 168 people were killed in 159 motorcycle accidents – 37.23% of total road accidents.

And 153 accidents – 35.83% – occurred on highways, 107 – 25.05% – took place on regional roads, and 11 – 2.57% – on other roads.