Natore: At least 29 people were killed and over 30 others injured in a fatal road crash at Razzak intersection on Bonpara-Hatikumrul highway in Baraigram upazila on Monday afternoon.
The deceased could not yet be identified.
Fuad Rohani, officer-in-charge of Bonpara highway police camp, said the accident took place around 3:30pm when a Rajshahi-bound bus of ‘Keya Paribahan’ from Dhaka collided with another bus of ‘Athoi Paribahan’ heading towards Natore from Sirajganj, leaving 19 people dead on the spot and at least 40 others injured.
The injured were taken to different hospitals and clinics where 10 more succumbed to their injuries, said additional police super of the district Shahabuddin.
He said they fear that the death toll from the terrible road crash may go up.
After the collision, the two buses got mangled. While the ‘Athoi Paribahan’ bus overturned on the road, another tumbled into the roadside ditch under the impact of the collision.
The accident also disrupted traffic on the highway, creating huge tailbacks on both sides of the spot.
Soon after the accident, locals rescued 20-25 people from the two vehicles and took them to different hospitals. Later, police and Fire Service men joined them in the rescue operation.
A three-member probe panel, headed by additional district magistrate Mohammad Ali of Natore, has been formed to look into the fatal accident. Its two other members are assistant police super of Natore (Circle) and the assistant director of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).
The committee has been asked to come up with its report within three workdays, said senior information officer at the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry Abu Naser.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader expressed profound shock at the loss of lives in the road accident.
They instructed the authorities concerned to take necessary measures to ensure proper treatment of the injured.
At least 29 killed in Natore road mishap