At least eight people including three children were killed and around 15 injured as a bus fell into a roadside ditch in Sadar upazila of Joypurhat this afternoon.
Among the deceased, five were women while the rest were children, Muminul Haque, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Joypurhat Sadar Police Station told our Dinajpur correspondent.
Further details of the deceased could not be known immediately, the OC said.
The bus fell into the ditch in Baniapara area on Bogur-Joypurhat highway as its driver lost control over steering around 1:45pm, leaving the eight people dead on the spot, said Masud Rana, a fire fighter who was engaged in carrying out rescue operation at the spot.
On information, a team of fire service and civil defence went to the spot and started working to recover the bodies and rescue the injured people.
The bus was heading towards Bogura from Joypurhat the fire fighter said.
The rescue operation is continuing till last reported at 3:00pm.