Eight people, including four of a family, were killed and five others injured in two road crashes in Mymensingh yesterday morning.
Hasna Begum, 30, her son Hasibul Hasan, 8, sister Nazma Begum, 26, and mother-in-law Jannati Begum, 60, their neighbour Billal Hossain, 45, and car driver Monir Hossain, 50, died when a bus rammed into their car on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Bhaluka.
Five others in the bus were injured in the crash.
The car was making an U-turn on the highway around 8:45am when the bus of Imam Paribahan hit it, said Mohammad Mainuddin, officer-in-charge of Bhaluka Police Station.
Occupants of the car died at the scene, the OC said, adding that the bus driver managed to flee.
The injured people took treatment at Bhaluka Upazila Health Complex.
Billal’s niece Ritu Akter said Billal lived in Joydevpur area of Gazipur. He and his neighbour Hasna’s family were going to see a healer in Billal’s village home in Darirampur area of Trishal. They were travelling in a rented car.
Hasna’s brother-in-law Jewel Mia said her husband, who lives in Malaysia, and her two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, who was not in the car, are the only ones alive.
Her nephew Abdus Samad urged the authorities to properly investigate the crash. If the people responsible for such crashes are not brought to book, lives will continue to be lost on the roads, he said.
In the other crash on Mymensingh-Kishoreganj road in Jashora area of Nandail, cattle traders Saidul Islam, 42, and Mustakim Hossain, 20, of Kishoreganj’s Pakundia died when their truck rammed a another truck parked on the road, said Monsur Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Nandail Police Station.
The driver driver managed to flee the scene, he added.