Medical &Health

Cumilla Crash: Victims belong to 3 generations of a family

A man, his daughter and granddaughter died Tuesday, as a truck piled into a CNG auto-rickshaw in Chiwra, an area of Chauddagram in Cumilla.

The deceased were identified as Md Hanif, his daughter Mery Begum, and granddaughter Mehzabin.

Yasin Prodhania, Fire Service and Civil Defence in-Charge of Chauddagram, said the driver of the truck lost control of his vehicle and hit the auto-rickshaw hard- killing Mery on the spot and injuring four others.

After being taken to the hospital, doctors declared two more dead, said Prodhania.

Road accidents in Bangladesh

Road accidents in Bangladesh claim hundreds of lives every year.

At least 484 people were killed and 673 others injured in as many as 427 road accidents in January this year.

According to Road Safety Foundation (RSF), the accident rate increased by 25.58 percent while fatalities rose by 8.76 percent in January 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 last year, the World Bank said Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated $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 a lack of investment in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programmes.

Source: United News of Bangladesh