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A Cox’s Bazar-bound bus carrying holidaymakers hit a roadside tree in the Sadar Upazila’s Lemua area, killing seven people and injuring at least 20 others on Thursday morning. - A home for your website

The accident took place near Lemua Bridge on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway around 7am.

Police have identified the deceased as Opu, 35, and Sujon Mia, 28, from Bikrampur; Iqbal, 38, and Shamim, 30, from Dhaka’s Mirpur; Ripon, 30, from Madaripur; Munna Khan, 30, from Narayanganj; and Shahadat Hossain, 28, from Feni.

Feni’s police chief Nurunnabi said six of them died on the spot after the ’Prime Paribahan’ bus from Dhaka hit a tree.

Another person succumbed to his injuries while being taken to hospital, said Sub-Inspector Kawsar of Mohipal Highway Police Outpost.

Some of the injured were identified as Akhter, 22, Opu, 25, Iqbal, Dulal, 27, and Sakina, 65, from Mirpur; Asma, 18, Foysal, 23, Munna, 50, Azam, 18, and Dulal, 13, from Narayanganj; Ripon, 30, from Madaripur; and Ripon, 40, from Tongi.

Kawsar said the victims were going to Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka’s Mirpur to enjoy a picnic after the Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims.

The injured were initially taken to 250-bed Feni Modern Sadar Hospital.

“Seventeen of them have been shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated,” said Dr Nazmul Haq Shammi of Feni hospital.


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