Medical &Health

Two die as tractor overturns in Panchagarh

Two persons died while another sustained injuries after a tractor they were travelling in overturned in the Kamlapur area of Panchagarh Sadar upazila early on Friday morning.

The deceased have been identified as Muktar Hossain, 32, and Abdur Rahman, 30.

Officer-in-Charge of Sadar Police Station Abu Aksar Ahmed said the tractor veered off the road and turned turtle after plunging into a roadside ditch. "The accident occurred after the driver lost control of the speeding tractor."

The three occupants of the tractor, including the driver, were rushed to Sadar Hospital, where two of them were declared dead on arrival, the police officer said.

The bodies have been sent to the hospital morgue for an autopsy, the OC said.

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 roads to lack of investments in systemic, targetted, and sustained road safety programmes.

Source: United News of Bangladesh