At least three people were killed in a head-on collision between a bus and an auto-rickshaw on the busy Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Palashbari upazila of Gaibandha Wednesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Sohel, 23, Taizul, 27, and Sobuj, 25, all residents of Pirganj upazila of Rangpur.
Palashbari Fire Service Station manager Mashiur Rahman said that the accident occurred when the Rangpur-bound passenger bus of Safa Paribahan hit the auto-rickshaw coming from the opposite side near the BTC Mor area of the highway.
The impact of the crash was such that Sohel and Taizul died on the spot. Sobuj was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
"The bus driver and his assistant managed to flee," the official added.