At least eight people, including three women and two children, were killed and over 15 others were injured as a bus collided head-on with two CNG-run auto-rickshaws on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway at Nabiganj in Habiganj on Monday afternoon.
The victims include Samirun Begum, 30, wife of Abu Taher of Muraura village, her daughter Maria Begum, 2, Halima Begum, daughter of Abu Shama of the same village, Litan Miah, 18, son of late Surat Ali, Kutub Ali, 25, son of Aftab Miah, and Antar Miah, 17, son of Nurul Islam, of Sataihal village of Nabiganj, police officials said.
The local residents said that a Sylhet-bound bus of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation from Cumilla fell into a roadside ditch of Sylhet-Dhaka highway after hitting two CNG-run auto-rickshaws in Sataihal area under Nabiganj upazila at about 4:45pm.
Eight people, including six passengers of the auto-rickshaws, were killed instantly on the spot and more than 15 people, most of whom were passengers of the bus, were injured in the accident, they said.
They also said that the local people staged a demonstration immediately after the incident, protesting at the accident.
The agitating protesters barricaded the highway, which created long queues of stranded vehicles at both ends of the highway.
Habiganj Fire Service and Civil Defence duty officer Shimul Mohammad confirmed New Age of the road accident.
‘Two units of the fire service rushed to the spot immediately after being informed by the locals and recovered eight dead bodies from the spot,’ Shimul said in the evening.
Nabiganj police officer-in-charge Azizur Rahman told New Age that they persuaded the agitated locals to withdraw their demonstration at about 5:30pm after assuring them of taking legal step against the bus driver and then resumed the traffic movement on the highway.
‘Around 15 injured people were sent to different hospitals, including Habiganj Sadar Adhunik Hospital and Osmani Medical College Hospital in Sylhet after the injured were rescued from the spot,’ the police officer said at about 8:00pm.
He said that the bus driver and his assistant had fled the scene immediately after the incident.
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