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14 killed, 20 injured as truck ploughs into vehicles in Jhalakathi

Families of deceased to get Tk 5 lakh, injured  Tk 1 lakh each

Published : Thursday, 18 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 180

14 killed, 20 injured as truck ploughs into vehicles in Jhalakathi

14 killed, 20 injured as truck ploughs into vehicles in Jhalakathi

JHALAKATHI, Apr 17:  At least 14 people, including a child, have died and another 20 people were injured as a truck ploughed into three auto-rickshaws and a car near the Gabkhan Bridge in Jhalakathis Sadar Upazila.

Afruzul Haque Tutul, Superintendent of Jhalakathi police said the accident occurred around 2:00pm on Wednesday near the bridges toll plaza.

A cement-bearing truck headed towards Jhalakathi town veered out of control and rammed three battery-operated auto-rickshaws and a car. The truck and the other vehicles then crashed into a nearby ditch. The auto-rickshaws and car were crushed by the truck.

Seven people were initially found dead at the scene. When the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital, doctors declared another six dead.

SBMC Director Dr Saiful Islam also confirmed that two injured died at the hospital and nine others are undergoing treatment there.

Two more succumbed to their injuries at Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMC) where 11 wounded persons were taken after the accident, said Dr Saiful Islam.
Over 20 persons have been injured in the accident.

Three fire fighting units were conducting rescue operation, said fire service rescue worker Shihab Uddin.  Fire Service personnel recovered another body from the scene during the rescue operations, according to SP Afruzul. The dead have not yet been identified.

Jhalakathi Superintendent of Police Afruzul Haque Tutul said they primarily believed that the truck driver lost control over his vehicle due to a brake failure and ploughed into ten vehicles, including an auto-rickshaw and a private car, standing in front of the toll gate of the bridge, leaving six people died on the spot and several others injured.

The district administration has formed a four-member probe committee, headed by Additional Deputy Commissioner Md Ruhul Amin to investigate the incident.

Deputy Commissioner Farah Gul Nijhum said the committee has been asked to submit report within five working days.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called to inquire about the accident, the Deputy Commissioner said. The families of the dead will receive Tk 500,000 in compensation, while the injured will receive Tk 100,000 each, he added.

Police arrested the driver and the helper of the truck that ran through several vehicles before plunging into a roadside ditch near Gabkhan Bridge in Jhalakathi on Wednesday afternoon.

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