At least 12 killed in two road crashes
At least 12 people died in two road crashes in Jashore and Sylhet yesterday.
In Jashore, seven people, including three children, were killed and two others injured when a bus rammed into a three-wheeler yesterday.
The accident took place in the Lebutala area on Jashore-Magura highway.
Police identified six of the deceased victims as Mahima Khatun, 48, her three-year-old twin grandsons Hasan and Hossain, sister Rahima Khatun, 30, and Rahima's daughter Zeba, 6, and auto-rickshaw driver Imran Hosen, 25.
They were from Bagharpara upazila of the district.
Mahima's daughter Sonia, 30, who is the mother of the twins, was brought to the capital in a critical condition. Sonia's daughter Khadija, 4, was also injured.
Police could not name one other deceased victim.
The family was going to Jashore General Hospital to visit an ailing relative on the battery-run three-wheeler when a bus of Royal Paribahan hit it, said Belal Hossain, additional superintendent of police.
"How can I bear the pain of losing them? I did not dare bring my wife to the hospital," Sadaruddin, the 70-year-old father of Mahima and Rahima, told this correspondent at Jashore General Hospital.
In Jhikargachha upazila of the district, local Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader Shakil Khan Saju, 26, died after he crashed his motorcycle into a roadside tree yesterday morning, police said.
He died around 7:00am while his family members were taking him to Dhaka for treatment of his injuries.
In Sylhet's Jaintapur upazila around 10:00pm yesterday, five people were killed and at least seven others seriously injured after a bus rammed into a battery-powered auto-rickshaw.
The incident took place in the Darbast area on Sylhet-Tamabil highway.
Omar Faruk, officer-in-charge of Jaintiapur Police Station, said the victims died on the spot.
He added that both the vehicles were going towards Jaflong from Sylhet.
[Our correspondents in Benapole and Sylhet contributed to this report.]