At least 16 people were killed in separate road accidents in Feni, Faridpur, Kishoreganj, Sirajganj and Tangail on Thursday.
A Cox’s Bazar-bound bus carrying holidaymakers hit a roadside tree in Lemua of Feni, killing seven people and injuring at least 20 others on Thursday morning, reports United News of Bangladesh.
The accident took place near Lemua Bridge on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway around 7:00am.
Police have identified the deceased as Opu, 35, and Sujon Mia, 28, from Bikrampur; Iqbal, 38, and Shamim, 30, from Dhaka’s Mirpur; Ripon, 30, from Madaripur; Munna Khan, 30, from Narayanganj; and Shahadat Hossain, 28, from Feni.
Feni’s police chief Nurunnabi said that all the six persons died on the spot after the ‘Prime Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka hit a tree.
Another person died from injuries while being taken to hospital, said sub-inspector Kawsar of Mohipal Highway police outpost.
Some of the injured were identified as Akhter, 22, Opu, 25, Iqbal, Dulal, 27, and Sakina, 65, from Mirpur; Asma, 18, Foysal, 23, Munna, 50, Azam, 18, and Dulal, 13, from Narayanganj; Ripon, 30, from Madaripur; and Ripon, 40, from Tongi.
Kawsar said that the victims were going to Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka’s Mirpur to enjoy a picnic after the Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims.
The injured were initially taken to 250-bed Feni Modern Sadar Hospital.
‘Seventeen of them have been shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated,’ said Nazmul Haq Shammi of Feni hospital.
In Faridpur, at least three people were killed and over 30 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses at Nawapara in Bhanga on Thursday.
Two of the deceased were identified as Mira Kundu, 60, wife of Laxman Kundu of Pachuria village in Rajbaria and driver Rawshan Fakir, 45, son of Dhola Fakir, of Ramnagar village in Nagarkanda.
Bhanga Highway Police in-charge Ataur Rahman said a Tekerhat-bound local bus from Faridpur collided head-on with a Rangpur-bound bus from Barishal at Nawapara around 9:30am, leaving two people dead on the spot.
Police and fire service members recovered 32 injured people and admitted them to Faridpur Medical College Hospital where another injured victim died.
In Tangail, a college student was killed in a motorcycle accident at Boali on Sakhipur-Dhaka road in Sakhipur at about 9:30am on Thursday.
The deceased is Istiaq Ahmed, 18, son of Shakil Azad of Shanbandha area Sokhipur municipality and he was also 1st year student of BAF Shaheen School College at Pahar Kanchanpur.
Officer-in-charge of Sakhipur police station Amir Hossain said the accident took the place when a Dhaka- bound pickup collided with a motorcycle leaving the motorcyclist dead on the spot.
Being informed, police rushed to the spot but pickup driver managed to flee.
The dead body was handed over to relatives without autopsy at permission of the district magistrate, he added.
In Sirajganj, two persons including driver of a bus died in head on collision between two buses at Konabari on Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway at 1:30pm. More 20 people also sustained injuries in the accident.
Identities of the dead could not be known immediately.
Bangabandhu Bridge West police officer-in-charge Syed Shaheed ALam said two buses of Hanif Paribahan and Five Star Paribahan collided head on leaving a passenger of Hanif Paribahan and the driver of Five Star Paribahan dead on the spot.
In Kishoreganj, three people were killed as a truck hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Katiadi of Kishoreganj at around 11:00am.