16 killed, 40 injured in road accident in Bangladesh

Dhaka: At least 16 people were killed and 40 others injured when a bus hit a roadside tree and overturned in Bangladesh’s Gaibandha’s Palashbari Upazila district on Saturday.

The accident occurred on the Rangpur-Dhaka Highway in the Bashkata (Gorurhat) area near the BRAC intersection around 0430 hrs, said Govindganj Highway Police Officer in-charge (OC) Akhtaruzzaman.

The victims are yet to be identified.

The Rangpur-Dhaka Highway was closed for traffic for nearly an hour-and-a-half following the accident.

Traffic was resumed later, the OC said.

In separate incidents overnight, six people were killed after a collision between a bus and truck in Rangpur’s Sadar Upazila and two others in Natore after their auto-rickshaw was hit by a truck.

At least 50 others were injured in the road accidents, according to local police officials. (UNI)


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