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19 people were killed and 30 others were injured when a bus headed for Dhaka crashed into a ditch

At least 19 passengers were killed in a bus accident in Bangladesh.


Officials in Bangladesh said that on Sunday, a speeding bus crashed into a ditch, killing at least 19 passengers and injuring 30 more. According to Police Superintendent Md Masud Alam, the Emad Paribahan-operated bus headed for Dhaka lost control at 7:45 a.m. at Madaripur's Shibchar on the Bangabandhu Expressway.


According to Deputy Commissioner Rahima Khatun of Madaripur, 14 dead had been found at the scene. Three further people, according to her, died en route to hospitals.


She claimed that for treatment, the injured, many of whom were in severe condition, were sent to the Shibchar Upazila Health Complex and the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Two more were pronounced deceased by the DMCH's on-call physician.


As per Shiplu Ahmed, deputy assistant director of the Fire Service and Civil Defence in Faridpur, the front and middle sections of the bus suffered significant damage as the vehicle rolled into the ditch.


"A local journalist from Shibchar, the accident's location, which is around 80 kilometres from Dhaka, informed PTI that the collision caused the bus to drop about 30 feet into the ditch.

The most serious accident to occur on the road since the opening of the Padma Bridge, according to SP Md Masud Alam. Technical difficulties and excessive speed are thought to have contributed to the bus tragedy." The official stated that the procedure of transferring deceased remains was already under motion.


According to Khatun, a committee has been established to look into the situation and would deliver its findings in two days. The government would provide each family of a deceased person Tk 25,000 to help with funeral and other expenditures, and each injured person will get Tk 5,000, she added.


The bus was running illegally for three months, according to a Daily Star article. The Dhaka Metro Ba-15-fitness 3348's clearance expired in January of this year, according to sources at the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA), who spoke to the newspaper.

Regardless of the sources, the bus possessed a legitimate route authorization and tax token. The Highway Police, meantime, believed that speeding could have contributed to the collision.


"We assume the bus was speeding and the driver could not control the vehicle when one of its tyres leaked," said Taimur Islam, officer-in-charge of Bhanga Highway Police Station, who went to the area after the tragedy.


Everything will become clear after an inquiry, he added, noting that this motorway was notorious for speeding, especially in the vicinity of the tragedy.


Md Sabuj Khan, the counterman of the Shonadanga bus station, informed the newspaper that the Emad Paribahan bus left for Dhaka with more than 43 people. Traffic accidents are widespread in Bangladesh due to outdated and improperly maintained automobiles and roads, as well as poorly educated drivers.


One of the nations with the worst records for traffic accidents is South Asian nation. According to Bangladeshi Travelers Welfare Organization, a record 9,951 individuals were killed in traffic accidents last year.


The majority of accidents, as per experts, are caused by careless driving. The administration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was obliged to increase the maximum prison term for causing death by reckless driving from three to five years as a result of a sizable student protest that was brought on by the deaths of two teens in 2018.

Edited by - Kavya Venkateshwaran

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