At least seven people were killed another one injured as a bus collided with an auto-rickshaw at Amtala on Panchagar-Banglabandha Highway on Friday.
The deceased were auto-rickshaw driver Rafiqul Islam, 28, of Chekormari, Akber Ali, 70, and his wife Nuri Maa, 65, of Badinajot, Mokud Hossain, 43, of Raypara, and Nargis Banu, 42, of Sahebjot, all in Panchagarh sadar upazila, and Labu Islam, 25, and his newly married wife Mukti, 19, were from Majhipara of Tentulia.
Witnesses said a Temtulia-bound Kazi Paribahan bus collided head-on with the auto-rickshaw on the highway leaving five dead on the spot and two died later in hospital.
Panchagarh sadar police station officer-in-charge Abu Akkas Ahmed said they seized bus but its driver and his assistant managed to flee.
Protesting at the accident, local people blocked the highway for two hours and demanded justice.
In Gaibandha, a human-hauler driver was killed and 15 passengers were injured as a speedy Rangpur-bound bus of Hanif Paribahan hit the human-hauler and it plunged into a ditch at Palashbari on Dhaka-Rangpur Highway in Gaibangdha on Friday morning.
Deceased Arif Miah, 19, was son of Sanju Miah, a resident of Tilakpara of Sadullapur.
Gobindaganj Highway police sub-inspector Shah Alam said the injured were admitted to hospitals at Palashbari and Rangpur.
The bus driver however managed to flee but the police seized the bus.
New Age Noakhali correspondent reported that a bus plunged into a pond at Subarnachar in Noakhali on Friday evening.
No casualties was reported till writing of this report at 8:30pm as fire service and police continued rescue operation in cooperation of locals.
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