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7 dead, 10 injured in four different road accidents across the country

At least seven persons have been killed and 10 more got injured in four different road accidents in different parts of the the country on Saturday.

Cox’s Bazar

At least 2 people were killed and 10 got injured in Cox's Bazar road crash at Islamnagar area of Chakaria upazila at around 8:30 am on Saturday.

The deceased have been identified as Mujibur Rahman (30) of Chairakhali village under Fasiakhali union of Chakaria upazila and Enamul Haque (25) of Dulahazara union. Both were passengers of the microbus.

Highway Police Sub-Inspector (SI) Sirajul Islam of Chiringa, said a Chittagong-bound HiAce microbus and a Cox's Bazar-bound Ena Paribahan bus collided head-on in Chakaria, leaving the microbus twisted on the spot.

Ten severely injured microbus passengers were rushed to the Cox's Bazar Sadar Hospital. Four of them are in critical condition.

A motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a bus on Barisal-Dhaka highway on Saturday morning.

The deceased was identified as Mubarak Hossain Hawlader ,60, a retired field officer of the national intelligence agency (NSI), said Babuganj fire station leader Nuruzzaman Sharif.

Locals stopped the bus in Rahmatpur Bridge area but the driver and the helper managed to flee.

Barisal Metropolitan Airport Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Zahid Bin Alam said the body has been recovered from the spot and legal action will be taken.

In Satkhira, two brick kiln workers were killed on the spot after a tractor trolley hit them in the Taltola area of Satkhira district town early on Saturday morning.

The deceased were identified as Maanirul Islam, 40, son of Abdus Samad Kha, and Mohammad Ali, 35, son of Ishraf Ali of Bakchara village in Sadar upazila.

Sub-inspector of Sadar Police Station Mehedi said the accident occurred round 5 am when the victims were on their way to a brick kiln.

Police said the bodies have been sent to Satkhira Sadar Hosptial morgue for autopsy.

In Khulna city, two men were killed when a truck hit their bike in Arongghata on Friday night. The deceased were identified as Miraz, 28, and Mohamamd Fahad, 26, of Barishal district.

The accident occurred around 11.30 pm when a Ruphsa Bridge-bound truck hit the bike, killing the biker and the pillion rider on the spot, said Rezaul Karim, officer-in-charge of Arongghata Police Station.

The bodies were taken to Khulna Medical College and Hospital.

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) accident rates jumped 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 that Bangladesh needed 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