POST TIME: 25 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 25 August, 2019 02:20:08 AM
8 killed as bus falls off bridge
3 others die after bus hits auto-rickshaw
UNB, Faridpur

8 killed as bus falls off bridge

Fire Service, police personnel and locals seen near the ill-fated bus travelling from Dhaka to Gopalganj that veered off a bridge and plunged into a dried up canal at Dhuldi on the Dhaka-Faridpur Highway yesterday, killing 8 people and injuring 20 others. Focus Bangla Photo

At least 11 people were killed and 20 others injured in two road accidents in Sadar and Nagarkanda upazilas in Faridpur district yesterday.

A bus fell off a bridge in Sadar upazila in the afternoon, killing eight people and injuring 20 others.

Three of the deceased were identified as Habibur Rahman, Faruk Hossain and Asma Akhter.

Further details about them and the identities of the other victims are still awaited.

Superintendent of Police of Faridpur Highway Police Mostafizur Rahman said the Gopalganj-bound bus of 'Comfort Line' from Dhaka crashed into the railing of the bridge first at Dhuldi around 2:30pm and plunged into the canal beneath after its driver lost control over the steering while giving passage to a speedy motorcycle. The accident left six people dead on the spot and 22 others injured, said officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station FM Nasim. The injured were taken to Faridpur Medical College Hospital (FMCH) where two of them succumbed to their injuries, he said.

Firefighters with the help of locals and police carried out the rescue operation after the accident, said Assistant Deputy Director of Faridpur Fire Service Shawkat Ali.

Top officials of the local administration and local representatives visited the spot.

Local MP and former minister Khandkar Mosharraf Hossain directed the hospital authorities to ensure proper treatment to the injured. Deputy Commissioner of the district Atul Sarkar said the local administration will bear all the treatment costs of the injured.

In Nagarkanda upazila, three people, including a woman and her child, were killed when a bus hit an auto-rickshaw at Talma on Dhaka-Barishal highway in the afternoon.

The deceased were identified as Reshma Begum, 30, her son Raju, 10, and Abul Sikder.

Assistant SP (Nagarkanda circle) Mohiuddin said the bus crashed into the auto-rickshaw around 3pm, killing Reshma and Raju dead on the spot and injuring pedestrian Abul.

Abul was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, he said.

Meanwhile, an army sergeant was killed and six people were others injured after a bus overturned at Rahobol on Rangpur-Bogura Highway in Shibganj upazila of Bogura in the morning.

The deceased was identified as Abdul Aziz, 35, of Laxmipur district.

He was posted in Bandarban. Abdul Quader Zilani, officer-in-charge of Gobindaganj Highway Police Station, said the bus turned turtle around 7am, killing Aziz on the spot and injuring six other passengers. Locals took the injured to Shibganj Upazila Health Complex. Police have seized the bus.

Meanwhile, a report prepared by Nirapad Sarak Chai (Nischa) said at least 185 people were killed in 135 road accidents on the national and regional highways between August 10 and August 18 during the Eid-ul-Azha vacation.