At least 13 brick-kiln workers were killed and five others injured when a coal-laden truck overturned on the labour shed of a brick filed on Dhaka-Chattogram highway at Narayanpur in Chouddagram upazila on Friday.
The deceased were identified as Ranjir Chandra Roy, 30, Morslain, 18, son of Nur Alam, Masum, 18, Tarun Chndra Roy, 25, , Mohammad Selim, 28, Biplob, 19, Manoranjan Roy, 19, Shankar Chandra Roy, 22, Dipu Chandra Roy, 19, Amit Chandra Roy, 20, Minal Chandra Roy, 21, Bikash Chandra Roy, 28 and Kanak Chandra Roy, 34, son of Dhalu Roy of Jaldhaka upazila in Nilphamari district.
The accident took place around 5:30 am when the truck turned turtle as its driver lost control over the steering while unloading coal and fell over the makeshift sheds of labours, leaving the 12 workers dead on the spot and injured six others, said Abdulla Al Mahfuz, officer-in-charge of Chouddagram Police Station.
Later, the injured were taken to local upazila health complex where another man died.
On information, police recovered the bodies. The driver and helper of the truck went into hiding after the accident.
Abdullah Al Mamun, additional superintendent of Cumilla police and deputy commissioner Abul Fazal Mir visited the spot.
The local administration has given Tk 20,000 to the families of each deceased while the owner of the brick field provided them Tk 10,000 each.