At least seven people, including a woman and her daughter, were killed and two others were injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a human hauler (locally known as leguna) on Cox’s Bazar-Chittagong highway in Baraitoli area of Chakaria upazila on Tuesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Khair Ahmed, 30, son of Ahmed Hossen of Adonogar of Lohagara upazila in Chittagong and also the driver of the human-hauler, Rokeya Begum, 50, wife of Moshtaq Ahmed of Adonagar of Lohagara, her daughter Jaitun Akhter, 30, Bashanti Rani Shikder, 60, wife of late Jytindra Shikder of Chunati of Lohagara, Shafiqul Islam Tushar, 20, son of Ruhul Kabir of Baraitoli, Jahir Ahmed, 32, son Manjur Ahmed, and Mir Kasem, 23, son of Syed Alam both of Harbong union of Chakoria.
Chakoria highway police sub-inspector Mizanur Rahman told New Age that a Cox’s Bazar-bound bus of Star line Paribhan hit the
Lohaghara-bound human hauler at Baraitoli bus station around 11:00am, leaving the driver and eight passengers of the leguna critically injured.
Local people took the injured to the Chakoria Sadar Hospital. One of the injured died on the way while the six others died at the hospital.
The bodies were kept at the hospital morgue for post-mortem examinations.
Of the injured, one was shifted to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital in a critical condition while the other was shifted to a private clinic at Chakaria.
The SI said that the police seized the bus while its driver managed to escape.
A case was filed with the Chakaria police in this connection, he added.
The Leguna had been plying the highway defying a recent government ban.
The decision of banning the plying of human haulers on highways was taken at the 42nd meeting of Road Transport Advisory Council, headed by road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, on August 27.
On September 4, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Md Aasaduzzaman Mia also said that no human haulers would be allowed on the streets in Dhaka city.
On August 25, 15 people were killed and 20 were injured as a Leguna driver was trying to overtake another vehicle amid drizzle and collided with a bus on Rajshahi-Pabna Highway at Lalpur in Natore.
Besides, 11 people were killed in a bus-human hauler collision in Narsingdi and seven were killed in a bus-CNG run auto-rickshaw collision in Feni during the Eid-ul-Azha holidays.
Three-wheelers, including human haulers, auto-rickshaws, easy bikes, and battery-run rickshaws, were responsible for 24 per cent of road accidents during the last Eid-ul-Azha holidays, says a report of Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh.
At least 259 people were killed and 960 were injured in 237 road accidents that time, says the report.
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