Road Crash Nightmare: Eighteen Killed in a Day

Bangladeshis killed

MNA Editorial Desk: Road crash has become a nightmare to the travellers of Bangladesh as eighteen people were killed in three road accidents in Chuadanga, Khulna and Sirajganj districts on Sunday.

In Chuadanga, a fatal road crash at Joyrampur Battala on Chuadanga-Jessore road in Damurhuda upazila in the early hours left 13 day-labourers and 10 others injured.

The accident took place when a human hauler carrying 23-24 day-laborers collided with a sand-laden truck around 6:30am, killing eight of them on the spot and the rest injured.

In Khulna, four Hindu pilgrims were killed and 20 others injured as a Satkhira-bound bus skidded off Khulna-Satkhira Highway and plunged into a ditch at Baliakandi in Dumuria upazila at about 5:10pm.

In Sirajganj, Rawshan Ali, 55, of Satbaria village in Ullapara upazila, was crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus while crossing Bogra-Nagarbari Highway at about 12:00pm.

However on February, a government-supervised survey showed that on average 64 people died every day from injuries suffered in traffic accidents.

Findings of the Bangladesh Health Injury Survey (BHIS)-2016, only the second such survey conducted in the country, found that on average, 300 people are killed due to different forms of injuries, 660 more become disabled, and 55,000 others suffer from non-fatal injuries every day in Bangladesh.

Road traffic accidents have now become a great social concern in Bangladesh and the situation is deteriorating. Each year, there are at least 3,000 fatalities and 3,000 grievous and simple injuries from around 3,500 police reported accidents on Bangladesh roads. Other sources estimated the fatalities as high as from 12,000 to 20,000 per year.

However, for a developing country like Bangladesh, allowing its citizen to perish to road accidents is not only tragic but unacceptable.