Girder collapses on tourist bus, killing man, injuring 10 | The Daily Star
12:20 AM, November 03, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:32 AM, November 03, 2013

Girder collapses on tourist bus, killing man, injuring 10

">Girder collapses on tourist bus A tourist bus was badly damaged after a girder of a nearby under construction bridge collapsed on it at Hazipur ferry terminal point on Kuakata-Patuakhali Road yesterday morning, killing a passenger and injuring 10 others. Photo: Star
A man was killed and 10 others were injured as a girder of an under construction bridge collapsed on a tourist bus at Hazipur ferry terminal point on Kuakata-Patuakhali road yesterday morning.
The dead, Faruque Akand, 45, of Lachaple village in Kalapara upazila, was going to Patuakhali in the bus. He was critically injured and declared dead on arrival at Kalapara Upazila Health Complex.
Five of the injured--Feroza Begum, Jogodish Chandra, Rina Begum, Aklima, and Ismail Hossain--were admitted to the heath complex while the rest given first aid at the hospital. Later, Jogodish and Rina were shifted to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
Police and locals said the incident occurred at around 9:30am when the Khulna- bound BRTC bus with tourists on board was waiting for ferry at Hazipur ferry terminal, about 12-km from Kuakata sea beach.
Suddenly, a 140 feet long girder weighing about 150 tonnes of nearby under construction 'Sheikh Jamal Bridge' on Sonatala River collapsed on the bus, they added.
Deputy Assistant Engineer of Roads and Highways Department Humayun Kabir Panna, who was supervising the work of the bridge, said the mishap took place when the workers were placing the girder by a jug machine.
Patuakhali Deputy Commissioner (DC) Amitabh Sarker and Police Superintendent Md Rafiqul Hasan Goni visited the spot.
The district administration formed a three-member inquiry committee headed by Amal Krishna Mondol, additional deputy commissioner (revenue). The committee has been asked to submit its report within three days,
The 482.37-metre-long bridge is being constructed by the R&HD at a cost of  Tk 43.4 crore. It is scheduled to be completed in December this year.

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