The driver of a microbus and 11 passengers, nine of them are relatives, died and another injured when it collided head on with a speeding bus in Keraniganj near the capital early Wednesday.
Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said the accident took place at Rajendrapur area around 6am.
South Keraniganj Police Station’s Officer-in-Charge Sakhawat Hossain told bdnews24.com that the bus of Sakura Paribahan was on its way to Dhaka when the collision occurred with the microbus that was heading toward Mawa for Shariatpur.
RAB-10 official Mohammad Kashem told bdnews24.com that they recovered bodies of 10 people from the spot and two others, critically injured, died while being taken to the Mitford Hospital in Dhaka.
Nine passengers of the microbus were family members and relatives of Zakir Sarder, the Chairman of Arshinagar Union Parishad, the police official said.
They were on their way to Shariatpur to enjoy the summer vacation at Zakir’s house, he said.
The deceased were identified as Zakir’s wife ‘Baby’, 47, their daughter ‘Lubab’, 12, his sister ‘Neena’, 47, her son ‘Babu’, 21, Zakir’s sister ‘Razina’, 33, her husband South East Bank official ‘Lenin’, 38, their son ‘Yaas’, 8, and daughter ‘Ishra’, 2, Zakir’s niece ‘Tazria’, 12, and housemaids ‘Khushi’ and ‘Moni’, and the driver Sohel Rana.
Another housemaid ‘Swapna’, 12, survived the accident, the police official said.
“She has been admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital,” he added.
Zakir’s cousin Khokan Sarder told reporters at the hospital that Zakir’s three sisters lived in Indira Road and used to spend the summer holiday at Zakir’s house in Shariatpur every year.
The hospital’s emergency ward doctor Masudur Rahman told bdnews24.com that three passengers of the bus injured in the accident took first aid and left the hospital.