Medical &Health

Road accidents claim 14 lives in 4 divisions

At least 14 people were killed, and 12 were injured in six road accidents in Barishal, Chattogram, Rajshahi, and Khulna divisions Thursday, according to police.

In Barishal city, a motorcyclist and a pillion rider were killed in a crash with a light pole at night.

Twenty-five-year-old Sudipta Saha died on the spot; Antu Saha succumbed to his injuries after being rushed to Sher-e-bangla Medical College Hospital, Lokman Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model Police Station, said.

In Sirajganj, five workers were killed and six others injured when a truck crashed into a mini passenger vehicle, locally known as Leguna, on the busy Hatikumrul-Bonpara highway in the early hours of the day.

The deceased Mukul Hossain, 35, Monir Hossain, 34, Makbul Hossain, 35, Abdul Halim, 45, and Haidar Ali, 40, were occupants of the mini passenger vehicle, Lutfur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Hatikumrul Highway Police, said.

In Bandarban, three people were killed and six others injured as a microbus with nine tourists aboard fell into a roadside ditch in Thanchi.

The deceased were identified as Md Monjurul Islam, 40, of Mymensingh, Md jaynal Abedin, 32, of Faridpur, and Md Hamidul Islam, 41, of Lalbagh, Dhaka, Rakib, sub-inspector of Thanchi Tourist Police, said.

In Khulna city, a 65-year-old-man was killed when a speeding truck hit him at Zero Point.

The deceased Bachchu, a retired banker, was from Masjid Lane, Darogapara of the city, Md Emdadul Haque, officer-in-charge of Harintana Police Station, said.

In Chattogram, three people were killed in road accidents in Anwara, Sitakunda, and Karnaphuli upazilas.

The deceased were identified as Dipankar Nath, 11, of Patiya, and Abdul Hamid, 28, of Karnaphuli, Iftekhar Hossain Munna, 28, of Sitakunda.

In Anwara, a speeding pickup van hit Dipankar while he was crossing the road, killing him on the spot, SM Didarul Islam Shikdar, officer-in-charge (OC) of Anwara Police Station, said.

In Karnaphuli, biker Abdul Hamid sustained serious injuries when his two-wheeled vehicle crashed into a truck in Charlakkhya.

Later, he succumbed to his injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH), Sadikur Rahman, inspector of CMCH Police Outpost, said.

In Sitakunda, biker Munna was killed after being hit by a covered van in Shitolpur, Nazmul Haque, officer-in-charge of Baro Aulia Highway Police, said.

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 percent of the total deaths.

Source: United News of Bangladesh