16 killed in Tangail bus plunge, Gazipur train mishap

16 killed in Tangail bus plunge, Gazipur train mishap

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Eight people, including a woman, were killed and 20 others injured as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Patkhaguri in Basail upazila on Thursday afternoon.
Two of the deceased were identified as Jakir Hossain, 23, son of Rafiqul Islam of Chargopaldighi village in Sarishabari upazila of Jamalpur district, and Khoaj Ali, 40, son of Belayat Hossain of Madhupur upazila in Tangail district. Officer-in-charge of Basail Police Station Delwar Ahmed said the Dhaka-bound bus of ‘Binimoy Paribahan’, coming from Dhonbari upazila, fell into the water-filled ditch around 3:30pm after its driver lost his control over the steering, leaving eight people dead on the spot and 20 others injured.
On information, police and fire fighters rushed in and recovered eight bodies from the ditch. However, the bus could not be salvaged yet.
Sixteen of the injured were whisked off to Tangail Medical College Hospital.
Earlier, the OC said nine people were killed in the accident.
The Deputy Commissioner of Tangail Mahbub Hossain and Police Super Saleh Mohammed Tanvir visited the spot.
The DC also announced to give Tk 20,000 to the family of each deceased.
In another accident eight people, including five members of a family and their two relatives, were killed as a Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (Demu) train smashed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at a level-crossing at Haydarabad in the Gazipur city on Thursday afternoon.
The deceased were identified as Shah Alam, 40, hailed from Jitrampur village of Narsingdi district,  his wife Peara Begum, 35, his daughter Sadiya, 4, son Yeamin, 6, sister Sabura Khatun, 14, cousin Babul, 24, sister-in-law (wife’s sister) Tarimun, 18, and auto-rickshaw driver Mostafa, 20.
SI Dadan Miah of railway police said the Dhaka-bound Demu train hit the auto-rickshaw around 2:30pm, dragging it around half kilometers down the track, leaving eight auto-rickshaw passengers dead.
The accident occurred when the auto-rickshaw tried to cross the unauthorised level crossing. The bodies were found scattered on both sides of the rail tracks, he added.
Tongi railway camp in-charge SI Alauddin said there was no signalman or bar at the level crossing as it was an unauthorised one.
Gazipur fire brigade workers recovered the bodies and sent seven of those to Gazipur Shaheed Tajuddin Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy while the family members of driver Mostafa took away his body for burial.
Family sources said Shaha Alam and Peara Begum worked in a garment factory. The tragic accident occurred when they were returning to their workplace at Khailkoir in the city by the auto-rickshaw after celebrating Eid in their village home at Jitrampur in Narsingdi. – UNB

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