Four drowned being dragged by truck into ditch
Four people including a driver drowned on Friday when a sand-laden speeding truck dragged a CNG-run autorickshaw into a roadside ditch at Purbo Jilerdanga area on Khulna-Satkhira highway under Dumuria upazila.
Following the accident, plying of vehicles on Khulna-Satkhira highway remained suspended for almost four hours. As a result, hundreds of vehicles got stranded on both sides of the highway.
The accident happened at about 2:00pm. Truck driver Rakib Sheikh was arrested by police in connection with the accident. He is the son of Mohsin Sheikh from Dighalia upazila in Khulna.
The deceased were identified as Ilyas Sarder, 45, son of Zakaria Sarder of Shorafpur, Reshma Khatun, 32, daughter of Mohiuddin of village Rudhagara, a 35-year-old unknown woman, and a 45-year-old unknown man.
After four hours of efforts, Fire Service personnel retrieved four dead bodies from inside the autorickshaw in the ditch at about 5:00pm. Later, police allowed to resume the movement of vehicles on Khulna-Satkhira highway.