Ten people including a child and a woman were killed and 20 others injured after a bus crashed into a tree at Bamrail in Wazirpur upazila on Barishal-Dhaka highway Sunday morning.
Seven of the deceased were identified as Arafat Hossain Hawlader, 9, Anwara Begum, 20, Nazrul Islam Akon, 35, Halim Mia, 31, Sentu Mollah, 50, Ramzan Hawladar,38, and Madhab Shil, 45.
Officer-in-charge (OC) of Wazirpur Police Station Ali Arshad said the bus of Jamuna Line Paribahan was heading towards Bhandaria upazila from Dhaka.
The driver lost control over the steering when it reached Bamrail in Wazirpur upazila and hit a tree around 5.30 am, leaving eight people dead on the spot and 20 others wounded.
Two of the injured succumbed to their injuries when they were taken to a hospital, he said.
Md. Jahangir, unit leader of Barishal Fire Service, said firefighting units from Gournadi and Wazirpur fire stations rushed to the spot and were conducting rescue operations.
Firefighting units retrieved the bodies after cutting the bus as it got twisted after the fatal accident, said witnesses.
The accurate number of the deceased and injured will be known once the rescue operation is completed, they said.
The injured were sent to Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital and Wazirpur Upazila Health Complex.
Dr. Pranab Roy Shuvo, Resident Medical Officer of Wazirpur Upazila Health Complex, said that the bodies of seven people have been brought to the health complex. Besides, five injured victims are undergoing treatment there.