At least 21 people were killed and several others injured in separate road accidents on highways in Gazipur, Tangail, Sylhet and Brahmanbaria on Thursday.
Our district correspondents feared a rise in the death toll, as some critically injured persons were fighting for their lives.
In Gazipur, at least eight people were killed as a train rammed into their three-wheeler at an unmanned level crossing in Bakkikhan area in the afternoon.
"The Gazipur-bound DEMU train from Dhaka hit an easy-bike around 3pm while the three-wheeler was trying to cross the tracks at Hyderabad area," said Md Alauddin, sub-inspector and in-charge of Tongi railway outpost.
All passengers of the scooter died on the spot, the police official added.
Our Tangail Correspon-dent reported deaths of eight people, as a bus fell into a roadside ditch in the district's Basail upazila.
Mohammad Asad, a traffic Sergeant of Dhaka-Tangail Highway, said a Dhaka-bound bus of Binimoy Paribahan fell into a roadside ditch on the Dhaka-Tangail Highway around 3pm on Thursday after the driver lost his control over the steering.
The accident claimed eight lives and injured 20 people, he added.
Among the deceased, one was identified as Jorina Begum, 35, who hailed from Sherpur. She was on the roof of the bus with her full family - husband Dulal Mia, one son and two daughters, police said.
Our Sylhet Correspondent reported that at least three people, including two women, died and six others were injured after a passenger bus veered off the road in Osmaninagar upazila in the district in the afternoon.
The accident took place on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in Brahminshashon Road area around 1:00pm, Two women and a man died in the crash. However, their identities could not be ascertained immediately.
Mohammad Morsalin, officer-in-charge of Osmaninagar Police Station, confirmed the casualties. The bus driver managed to escape. Fire fighters and police conducted the rescue operation. The injured were taken to Osmani Medical College and Hospital.
In Brahmanbaria, at least two people were killed and three injured as a passenger bus hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw in Islamabad area of Sarail upazila.
The deceased were identified as Injamamul Haque (22), son of Enamul Haque of Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj district, and Darbesh Ali (40) of Sadar upazila of Brahmanbaria district. Darbesh was working as a manager of Supan Filling Station on Dhaka-Sylhet highway and Injamamul Huq, 25, was a second-year honours student at Brhamanbarhia Government College.