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8 picnickers among 16 killed in road crashes

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At least 16 people were killed and 76 others injured in separate road accidents in Feni, Faridpur, Sirajganj and Kishoreganj districts on Thursday.
Our Feni correspondent reports, some seven people have been killed and 21 injured after a Cox's Bazar-bound picnic bus from Dhaka veered out of control and slammed into a roadside tree in Feni.
The incident took place on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in Feni Sadar Upazila's Lemua at 7:00am on Thursday, said Feni Mohipal Highway OC Md Shahjahan Khan.
Two of the bodies have been identified as of Shahadat and Sujon Mia.
A picnic bus of Prime Plus Paribahan was heading to Cox's Bazar from Dhaka's Mirpur, said OC Shahjahan. The bus slammed into a roadside tree after the driver lost control of the vehicle. Seven people died on the spot.
Informed of the accident, police and fire service personnel rushed to the spot, said OC Shahjahan. The injured were rescued and sent      to Feni General Hospital. Later, another victim died in the hospital, said Feni Hospital Police Camp Nayek Maidul Haque.
The injured were later sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment, said Abu Taher Patwari, resident medical officer, or RMO, of Feni General Hospital. Ten of the injured are in critical condition.
A group of Mirpur residents arranged a tour of Cox's Bazar and Bandarban during the Eid holidays, said Pappu, one of the organisers of the trip. Two buses carrying the holiday-makers departed for Cox's Bazar from Mirpur at 2:00am on Thursday.
Of the two buses, one crashed in Feni while the other reached Cox's Bazar safely.
The passengers were asleep when the bus crashed, recalled injured passenger Ruma Aktar.
Three people were killed and at least 32 others injured in a collision between two buses in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur on Thursday morning.
Two of the deceased were identified as driver of a bus Rowshan Fakir, 35, of Nagarkanda upazila, and passenger Meera Kundu, 60, of Rajbari Sadar upazila.
Bhanga Highway Police Station officer Ataur Rahman said, a Saidpur-bound bus of Tuhin Paribahan collided head-on with a local bus at Nowapara on the Dhaka-Barishal Highway, leaving Rowshan and Meera dead on the spot and 33 others injured.
Among the wounded, 14 were taken to Faridpur Medical College Hospital where one succumbed to his injuries.
The rest are now undergoing treatment at Bhanga Upazila Health Complex.                                             
Two people were killed and 20 others injured in a collision among four buses in Sadar upazila of Sirajganj district on Thursday afternoon. 
Bangabandhu Bridge West Police Station Officer in-Charge Syed Shahid Alam said a bus of Five Star Paribahan running on the wrong side collided head-on with another bus of Hanif Paribahan in Konabari area around 2:30pm.
At the same time, two other buses of Ena Paribahan and Dipjal Paribahan coming from wrong side hit the Five Star Paribahan bus from behind, leaving its driver and a female passenger of Hanif Paribahan dead on the spot and 20 other people injured.
On information, fire service and civil defence personnel rescued the injured and sent them to the Sirajganj 250-bed Hospital, said Abdul Hamim, an official of Sirajganj Fire Service and Civil Defence.
Our Kishoreganj correspondent adds, three people were killed and four others injured as a goods-laden truck collided with a CNG-run auto-rickshaw on Kishoreganj-Bhairab Highway in Katiadi Upazila.
The deceased were identified as Jahidul, 30, of Niamatpur village of Karimganjupazila and Tofazzal, 25, Omar Faruq, 24, of Boyra village in Itna Upazila.
Officer-in-Charge of Katiadi Police Station Abu SamaMd Iqbal Hayat said the accident took place around 10:45am in Achmita area of the highway when the Bhairab-bound CNG-run autorickshaw collided with the truck, leaving seven people, including the auto-rickshaw driver, injured.
Three of the injured were declared dead when they were taken to Sadar Hospital.

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