Two youths were killed when a speeding truck hit their bike at Saraigachchi intersection in Porsha upazila of Naogaon district on Friday night.
The deceased were identified as Shahadat Hossain, 17, son of Abdur Rashid, and Shohagh Hossain, 22, son of Mamlat Ali of Sapahar upazila.
The accident occurred around 9 pm when the truck driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed the bike, killing the two riders on the spot, said Shafiul Azam, officer-in-charge of Porsha Police Station.
On information, police took the bodies into custody and sent them to the local hospital morgue for post-mortem.
Road accidents in Bangladesh
Road accidents are common in Bangladesh and have been a major cause of deaths.
During the last Eid-ul-Fitr holiday rush, road accidents claimed 323 lives in just 15 days, according to Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Shamiti, a human rights body.
Besides, 513 people, including 63 children, were killed and 598 injured in 409 road accidents across the country in March, the Road Safety Foundation said on April 5.
According to the NGO, 147 lives were lost in 138 two-wheeler accidents, which is 28.65% of the total deaths.
In a report released in February 2020, the World Bank pointed out that Bangladesh needs to invest an estimated $7.8 billion over the next decade to halve its road crash fatalities.
The report attributed the high death rate on Bangladesh’s roads to lack of investments in systemic, targeted, and sustained road safety programmes.