Five people were killed and three others injured in a collision between a bus and pick-up van on Khulna-Mawa highway in Foltita area of Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat district on Friday at noon.
The accident occured when the Gopalganj-bound bus crashed into the Fakirhat-bound pick-up van around 2:30pm, leaving five people dead on the spot and three others injured, said Anisur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Fakirhat police station.
The deceased were identified as Shyem Das, 32, son of Suvash Dash, Nil Komol Das, 45, Boloram Das, 32, son of Kesto Das, Panu Das Gosai, 47, son of Kartik Das, all were resident of Dohazari village of the upazila and Sheikh Ansar Ali, 45, driver of the pick-up van.
The injured were first taken to Fakirhat health complex and then shifted to Khulna Medical College Hospital as their condition was deteriorated.
On information, police rushed to the spot and recovered the bodies. Jahangir Alam, Deputy Commissioner of Bagerhat district visited the spot.
Accidents recorded on highways in the country in the last few months have shown a common pattern – large motor vehicles crashing onto smaller vehicles. On an average more in more than eight out of every ten accidents, three-wheelers were completely damage and in most cases all their passengers killed.
In a poorly managed road traffic system in Bangladesh, larger vehicles dictate traffic rules on roads and highways compellling smaller vehicles to comply. On some small sections of highways there are routes of local-service three-wheelers which fall into accidents at regular intervals.
Inadequate training and callousness about the consequences plus lack of enforcement of traffic rules by all concerned create an atmosphere of neglect for the laws and rules. Big accidents take them unwares. – News Desk