Two women were killed in separate road accidents at Chirirbandar Upazila and Nawabganj Upazila of Dinajpur district on Friday. The deceased were identified as Mariam Begum, 50, wife of late Afal Uddin, resident of Khuniyadighi area of Chirirbandar Upazila, and Rashida Begum, 60, wife of late Shamshul Haque, resident of Daudpur area under Nawabganj Upazila. Nur Alam Siddique, Sub-inspector of Chirirbandar Police Station, said that a motorcycle hit Mariam Begum on Friday morning while she was sweeping dried leaves on the road for cooking fuel at Khuniyadighi area, leaving her critically injured. Later, locals rescued her and took her to Chirirbandar Upazila Health Complex where she succumbed to her injuries at noon. Bibhuti Bhushan Roy, Sub-inspector of Nawabganj Police Station, said that pedestrian Rashida Begum was going to Bhaduriya bazar on Friday noon when a picnic bus hit her, leaving her dead on the spot.
Four people were killed in separate road accidents in Faridpur and ChapaiNawabganj and Sylhet districts on Friday. In Faridpur, two youths were killed in a road accident when their motorbike collided with a truck at Goalchamot Sriangan area of Faridpur municipality on Friday. One of the deceased was identified as Injamul, 20, an employee of Alfa Insurance Company and resident of Baithakhali village of Macchar union. Identity of another deceased couldn’t be identified yet. Locals said, two young boys were bound to Faridpur with their motorbike and collided with a truck at Sriangan Bridge while trying to overtake the truck. The truck mowed down the duo with their bike, leaving them dead on the spot. The truck driver and helper immediately skipped from the scene. Tuhin Laskar, Inspector of Faridpur Traffic Police, confirmed the matter and said that effort is going on to identify the deceased and legal action against driver and helper is also under process. In ChapaiNawabganj, A 35-year-old power tiller driver died on Friday when he was trying to save a calf and was crushed by the wheels of a power tiller at Khesba area of Nachol Upazila under ChapaiNawabganj district. The deceased was identified as Masud, 35, son of Israil Haque and resident of Fatehpur union of Nachol Upazila. Mintu Rahman, Officer-in-Charge of Nachol Police Station, said that Masud was going home by driving a power tiller and was crushed by the wheels of the vehicle while trying to save a baby cow lying on the road. On information, police recovered the body, he added. In Sylhet, a man was killed in a head-on collision between a speedy truck and tractor at Khadimpara area of Sylhet Sadar Upazila on Friday. The deceased was identified as Saidur Rahman, 28, son of Ayas Ali, resident of Khadimpara area of Sylhet Sadar Upazila. According to locals, a truck and a tractor collided head-on at Khadimpara area of Sylhet-Tamabil Highway. Both of the vehicles fell down into a roadside ditch, causing the tractor driver to die on the spot. Sub-inspector of Shahporan Police Station Maniruzzaman confirmed the information.
As many as five people were killed and several others were injured in separate road accidents in Tangail and Lalmonirhat districts on Wednesday. In Tangail, three women were killed and at least 15 others were injured on Wednesday as a pick-up van lost control and fell into a roadside ditch at Analiabari area of Bangabandu Bridge link road under Kalihati Upazila. The deceased were identified as Sahana Begum, 60, wife of late Sultan, resident of Gandail area under Tangail Sadar Upazila, Nurjahan, 50, daughter of Mahtab Ali, resident of Pechamanik area and Firoza Begum, 60, wife of late Hatem Ali, resident of Gourang area of Dhanbari upazila. Shafiqul Islam, Officer-in-Charge of Bangabandhu Setu East Police Station, said that the accident occurred when a Sirajganj-bound pickup van carrying 30-35 people lost control and turned down into a roadside ditch, leaving two women dead in the spot and 16 others injured. The injured were taken to Tangail General Hospital where another woman succumbed to her injuries, the OC said, adding that Police sent the bodies to Tangail General Hospital morgue for autopsy. In Lalmonirhat, two people died and several injured in another road accident at Burirbazar area of Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila when a truck hit an auto-rickshaw on Wednesday afternoon. The deceased were identified as Nabiul, son of Mohammad Ali, resident of Tushbhandar union under Kaliganj upazila and Rejaul Islam, son of Mojibur, resident of Khedabagh area of Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila. Locals said, an auto-rickshaw was going to Barabari with 7-8 passengers while a truck coming from the opposite side hit the rickshaw at Burirbazar area. A man died on the spot in the impact of the crash and another one was declared dead by duty doctor when locals took the injured to hospital. Ershadul Islam, Officer-in-Charge of Lalmonirhat Sadar Police Station, said that two people died in this accident and some sustained critical injuries. They have been sent to Lalmonirhat Sadar Hospital. However, police have seized the truck from the spot, the OC added.
Road crashes claimed 585 lives across the country in January, said a report of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity. Forty-six people killed in 44 railway accidents while 11 killed and one was injured in 13 waterway accidents, it said. The report was published on Saturday after analysing accident reports published in the country's national and regional dailies and online media during the period. Total 642 people were killed and 978 others injured in 650 accidents on roads, waterways and railways across the country. Two hundred five people died and 114 others were injured in some 214 motorbike accidents across the country last month. Read more: 2 dead in Mymensingh road crash Among those killed in road accident in January, 206 people were drivers, 109 pedestrians, 35 transport workers, 53 students, 10 teachers, 13 members of law enforcement agencies, 115 women, 62 children, five journalists, one freedom fighter, two lawyers, three engineers and 14 activists of different political parties. Among those vehicles involved in the accidents were 12.5 percent buses, 24.75 percent pick-up vans,, covered vans and lorries, 5.2 percent private cars, jeeps and microbuses, 5.88 percent CNG-run auto-rickshaws, 27.32 percent motorbikes, 14.58 percent battery-run human haulers and 9.92 percent three-wheeler vehicles. Of the accidents, 29.51 percent occurred on national highways, 38.61 on regional roads and 24.45 percent on roads. Besides, 5.22 percent accidents occurred in Dhaka city, 1.18 in Chattogram city and 1.01 percent on rail tracks. The association blamed reckless driving, dangerous overtaking and movement of unfit vehicles, unskilled drivers and helpers, plying of slow-moving three-wheelers and human-haulers on highways, using headphones or mobile phones, using drugs, illegal occupation of footpaths, poor traffic management, and violation of traffic rules for the accidents and deaths.
A portion of Kushtia-Rajbari regional highway caved in recently for the third time within a span of two years, disrupting vehicular movement and raising the risk of accidents. The road stretching from Kumarkhali Bus Stand to Golchattar area was constructed involving Tk 190 crore in 2020. Later, renovation work was carried out in June, 2021 as a portion of it caved in and potholes developed making it unfit for use. A portion of the important regional highway was again renovated after eight months in November, 2021 as it has become risky now for movement for the same reason. Read: Highways to calm Padma bridge traffic in Khulna Locals said 200-300 meter narrow ditches have been created on the road again. The potholes get filled with water even after a light rain, putting the vehicles and passengers passing the road at risk. Light vehicles like human haulers often overturn on the road, they said. The road turned unfit for movement several days ago but the authorities concerned did not pay any attention to it, forcing local people to use the road amid risk, they alleged. During a recent visit, this UNB correspondent found several hundred buses, trucks, private cars, microbus, battery-run three-wheeler vehicles, CNG-run auto-rickshaws use the road daily. There is also a bus stand in the area so many people have to use the road.
As many as 519 people, including 69 children, were dead and 961 were injured in road accidents in August, said a report today (September 3, 2022). Besides, 172 lives were lost in 183 motorcycle accidents, which is 33.14% of the total deaths, the Road Safety Foundation said in its latest report, released today. Also, 109 pedestrians and 94 drivers and their assistants were killed during this period. Accidents on waterways claimed at least eight lives while six people went missing in 11 river accidents and 24 were killed and nine injured in train accidents across Bangladesh last month. Road Safety Foundation based its findings on the reports of nine national dailies, seven online news portals and electronic media. Of the total accidents, 252 accidents occurred on the national highways, 199 on regional roads, 109 on rural roads, 64 on city roads and eight in other places, said the report. Also read: Two killed, 15 hurt in Bagerhat bus accident According to the report, 27.72% accidents occurred in Dhaka division, 15.28 % in Rajshahi, 21.61% in Chattogram, 10.08% in Khulna, 8.80% in Barishal, 4.14 % in Sylhet, 8.95% in Rangpur and 7.42% in Mymensingh divisions. The highest number of accidents was recorded in Dhaka division where 242 people were killed in 127 accidents. Twenty-one people were killed in Sylhet division, the lowest compared to other divisions, said the report. The RSF pointed out several major reasons behind the rise in the number of road accidents. The reasons include faulty vehicles; reckless driving; desperate mentality, incompetence and illness of drivers; unsettled wages and working hours; prevalence of low-speed traffic on highways; reckless motorcycling by the youth; the tendency of flouting traffic rules, poor management of traffic; lack of efficiency of the BRTA; and extortion in the sector.
A writ petition was filed with the High Court (HC) on Wednesday seeking its directive to the authorities concerned for conducting a judicial probe into the accidents at the level crossings across the country. Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Tapas Kanti Baul filed a writ petition on behalf of Dhaka University (DU) student Mohiuddin Roni. The writ petition sought directive to pay compensation to the families of the deceased and to the injured victims of train accidents in Chattogram and Gopalganj. The writ petition also sought the formation of a committee headed by a former judge of the Appellate Division to probe the accidents, said Tapas Kanti. Read: Irregularities in train ticket sale: HC stays realisation of fine from Shohoz The Home Affairs Secretary, Law Secretary and Railways Secretary were made respondents to the writ petition. Tapas Kanti said he presented the writ petition for hearing at a bench of the High Court today, but Justice Md Mojibur Rahman Mia refused to hear the writ petition. “Now I will present the writ petition in another bench of the High Court for hearing.” On July 29, a speeding express train rammed into a microbus at a level crossing at Mirsharai upazila on Friday, killing at least 11 people who were returning from a visit to a popular waterfall in the hills of the area. A court sent gateman Saddam Hussain to jail in the case filed over that accident. On July 21, five construction workers were killed and three injured as a train rammed a concrete mixer three-wheeler at a level crossing in Gopalganj's Kashiani upazila.
Two people were killed in separate road accidents in the capital's Khilgaon and Jatrabari Friday, police said. Amena Bibi, 80, was a resident of Khilgaon's Nandipara and Siddique Ali, 34, was from Jhenaidah. A battery-run auto-rickshaw hit Amena in front of her house in Nandipara as she went outside for morning walk. Later, the 80-year-old was rushed to Magda General Hospital and declared dead at 6:30am, said Mosammat Sonia Parveen, sub-inspector of Khilgaon Police Station. Read: 2 motorcyclists injured in first accident on Padma Bridge die In Jatrabari's Matuail, Siddique, a truck driver's assistant, was killed after being run over by a truck at 8:30am. He was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and declared dead at 9:45am, said Inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH Police Outpost. Both bodies were kept at DMCH morgue for autopsies.
As many as 10 people were killed and some 21 others injured in separate road accidents in Rajbari, Rangpur and Khulna districts on Wednesday. In Rajbari, seven people, including two children, were killed and eight others injured when a truck hurtling down a busy road crashed into a private car and a three-wheeler in Rajbari in the morning. Read: Two killed, 11 injured in Khulna road accident The deceased were identified as Md Nasir, 35, the auto-rickshaw driver, Noyon Sheikh, 9, Md Yusuf, 6, Mariam, 40, Marjina Begum, 40, Shila Khatun, 20, and Mashiran Bibi, 60, of the district's Pangsha upazila. The accident occurred around 9am when the driver lost control of the speeding truck and crashed into the two vehicles in the Chandpur Railgate area of Kalukhali upazila, police said.
Millions left the capital this year, as in every year, for their sweet native homes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr after being forced to remain put for the last two years amid Covid pandemic. However, reckless driving during the five days of Eid holiday from May 1 to 5 has claimed 139 lives in 112 road accidents, according to a recent report of the Road Safety Foundation. Of the deceased, over 40 percent, or 56 were motorcycle riders, said RSF. According to National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR), three quarters (3/4) of the road crash patients admitted to hospital during the period were either riding motorcycles or three-wheelers like autorickshaw. A UNB photojournalist caught glimpses of some of the unfortunate patients who had to spend at least part of their Eid vacation in NITOR cabins.