At Least Eight Dead, 20 Injured After Bus Veers Off Road In Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Aug 25 (NNN-BSS) – At least eight people were killed and 18 others injured, when a passenger bus veered off the road and fell into a ditch, in Bangladesh’s central Faridpur district, on Saturday, a police official said.

FM Nasim, officer in charge of Faridpur’s Kotwali Police station, told local journalists that, the fatal road accident took place on a highway connecting the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, and southern Khulna divisional town, about 180 km southwest of the capital city.

While giving way to a motor cycle, he said, the bus skidded off a bridge and turned turtle before falling into the ditch at around 2:00 p.m. local time.

“The passenger bus fell into a roadside ditch, leaving five passengers and the bike rider dead, on the spot, and some 20 were injured,” he said.

All the injured were taken to a hospital in Faridpur where two more died of their wounds, said the officer.

Bangladesh has high fatality rates for road accidents, mainly due to shoddy highways, poorly maintained vehicles, violation of traffic rules and lack of monitoring from the traffic department.– NNN-BSS