At least 24 people were injured in a head-on collision between two buses in Toraki of Gournadi Upazila of Barisal. Among the injured are two drivers of both the buses.
The accident took place on the Barisal-Dhaka highway around 3 pm on Thursday.
On receiving the information, fire service and highway police started rescue operations.
Meanwhile, after the accident, as the buses were on the two highways, severe traffic jams were created on both sides. The police normalized the traffic on the road after an hour’s effort.
Locals said, a bus of ‘Bepari Paribahan’ was going to Barisal from Dhaka. On the other hand, a local bus named ‘Chakladar Classic’ was going from Barisal to Bhurghata. Two buses collided while crossing Torquay Port area of Dhaka-Barisal highway. This caused the front part of both the buses to twist.
Fazlu, a passenger of Bepari Paribahan, said that the accident happened while giving side to a van on the highway. However, another passenger Kabir said that the accident happened due to the driver’s restlessness. He said that there were passengers in most of the seats of the bus.
On the other hand, the passenger of the local transport bus named Kulsum said that their bus also had passengers in most of the seats. As a result, about 30 passengers were more or less injured in two buses.
Gourandi Fire Service Station Officer Bipul Hossain said that they came to the spot and started the rescue operation after receiving the information. So far 24 injured have been rescued and taken to Gourandi Upazila Health Complex. After the rescue operation is over, you will be able to give accurate information about the casualties.
Meanwhile, Gournadi Highway police officer-in-charge (OC) Sheikh Md. Belal Hossain said that the two buses were moved to the side with the wrecker and the traffic on the road is now normal. After the accident, 20 injured people were rescued and admitted to the hospital, he said.
Meanwhile, the doctors of Gournadi Upazila Health Complex said that the seriously injured including one driver are being sent to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital for advanced treatment.