459 killed, 618 injured in road accidents in Aug

Staff Correspondent | Published: 12:49, Sep 16,2020 | Updated: 00:50, Sep 17,2020


At least 459 people were killed and 618 injured in 388 road accidents across the country in August, said a Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh report released on Wednesday.

Eighty people were killed, 52 injured and 31 went missing in 41 waterway accidents and 14 people were killed and three injured in 15 railway accidents, said a press release quoting the report.

The Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh prepared the report compiling data from media reports, it said.

Among the road accident victims, 167 were drivers, 110 pedestrians, 32 students, 17 transport workers, 6 teachers, 6 political activists, 5 members of different law enforcement agencies and security services and 3 were physicians, said the report.

Motorcycles were involved in highest 28.98 per cent accidents, trucks and covered vans 21.61 per cent, buses 16.12 per cent, battery-run rickshaws

and easy bikes 9.77 10 per cent, CNG-run auto rickshaws 8.78 per cent, nasimons and karimons 7.71 per cent and cars, jeeps, and microbuses were involved in 7.03 per cent accidents.

Vehicles ran over victims in 52.83 per cent accidents, 27.83 per cent accidents occurred due to head on collisions of vehicles and 13.91 per cent occurred as vehicles fell into roadside ditches. 

The report said that 48.96 per cent accidents took place on regional highways, 28.86 per cent national highways and 4.69 per cent accidents took place on feeder roads.

It said that 5.15 per cent accidents took place in Dhaka metropolitan city, 2.06 per cent in Chattogram metropolitan city and 0.25 per cent took place at level crossings.

Thirty two people were killed and 46 injured in highest 26 accidents on August 4.

The association secretary-general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said that the number of fatal accidents rose in August as presence of battery-run rickshaws, easy bikes

and motorcycles increased on highways and main roads.

Potholed roads during monsoon and lack of monitoring and accountability of the authorities concerned were other reasons behind the road accidents, he added.

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