Six people in an ambulance carrying the body of a newborn were killed in a road accident at Atipara of Wazirpur upazila in Barishal on Wednesday.
Police said that four of them were of one family and two were ambulance staff and they were killed in a head-on collision with a covered-van.
The deceased were identified as Arif Hossain, a resident of Baukathi in Jhalakathi, his wife Sheuli Begum, mother Kohinur Begum and his brother Kaium Hossain and Alamgir Hossain, a driver of Anik Ambulance and a resident of Cumilla and an unidentified assistant of the driver.
Officer-in-charge of Wazirpur police station Md Ziaul Ahsan said that the ambulance was driven to Jhalakathi from Uttara of Dhaka carrying body of an infant daughter of Arif.
Quoting locals, police said that the accident occurred when the covered van and the ambulance collided head-on and at the same time a bus hit the ambulance at about 4:45pm.
Police and fire service in cooperation with locals continued rescue operation.
Gournadi highway police seized the bus and covered van but the drivers managed to flee.
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