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Road crashes kill nine in 6 districts

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Fire service rescuing injured people from a damaged bus, caused by a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on the Khulna-Mawa Highway in Fakirhat upazila on Tuesday, january 22, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The accidents took place in Dinajpur, Rajbari, Nilphamari, Bagerhat, Chittagong and Habiganj on Tuesday

At least nine people have been killed and several others injured in road crashes in six districts across the country.

The accidents took place in Dinajpur, Rajbari, Nilphamari, Bagerhat, Chittagong and Habiganj on Tuesday.

In Dinajpur, a van passenger was killed when a sand-hauler rear-ended the vehicle at Nawabganj upazila around 7:30am. The van driver, Nazrul Islam, was injured in the crash.

The deceased has been identified as Hafizur Rahman, 45.

Nawabganj police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Subrata Kumar confirmed the incident, saying the Nawabganj-bound sand-hauler had read-ended the van, killing the passenger on the spot and severely injuring the driver.  

The injured was taken to Upazila Health Complex, and later admitted to M Rahim Medical Hospital.

In Rajbari, a worker was killed and two others were injured when a construction vehicle turned over on the Rajbari-Kushtia Highway at Pangsha upazila around 10am.

The deceased has been identified as Ashik Pramanik, 20, while the injured are Hridoy, 18, and Sagor, 14.

Pangsha Highway police station OC Md Ashik said the Pangsha-bound construction vehicle collided with a van head-on and overturned, killing Pramanik on the spot.

The injured were admitted to Pangsha Hospital, while the body of the victim was sent to Sadar Hospital for autopsy, he added.  

In Nilphamari, a local grocery shop owner was killed when a truck ran him over on the Nilphamari-Ramganj Highway in Nilphamari Sadar around 11am.

The deceased was identified as Jamiar Rahman, 60, a resident of Jaldhaka upazila.

Nilphamari Sadar police station OC confirmed the incident and said the truck driver has been apprehended, while the body of the deceased was taken to the police station.

In Bagerhat, four people were killed and 21 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck on the Khulna-Mawa Highway in Fakirhat upazila around 12pm.

The deceased were identified as the truck driver, Kamruzzaman, 32, Mahamudul Hasan, a 15-year-old schoolboy from Khulna, and Bipin Poddar, 51, of Mollahat upazila. The fourth victim could not be identified immediately.

Moloy Roy, sub-inspector of Katakhali Highway Police outpost, said the accident took place around noon when a Dhaka-bound bus Tungipara Express collided head-on with a truck, killing three people on the spot and injuring 21 others.

Five of the injured were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital, where one succumbed to his injuries.

Traffic on the busy road remained suspended for about two and a half hours after the accident.

In Chittagong, a schoolboy was killed when the tempo he was travelling in collided head-on with an auto-rickshaw on the Kadamtali flyover around 10am.

The deceased has been identified as Kazi Mahmudur Rahman, son of a bank official and an eighth-grader at Chittagong Collegiate School.

Double Mooring police station OC AKM Mohiuddin Selim said Mahmudur was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.

“The auto-rickshaw driver has been arrested in connection with the incident,” he added.

In Habiganj, a boy was killed, after being run over by a truck on the Dhaka-Sylhet Highway in Bahubal upazila of the district around 5pm.

The deceased was identified as Ashraf, 6, son of Foysal Mia of Bishnupur village in the upazila, reports BSS. 

Bahubal police station OC confirmed the incident and said the accident occurred in Cholitatola area while Ashraf was crossing the road. He died on the spot.

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