At least five people, including four members of a family, were killed and two others were injured as a truck hit a CNG-run autorickshaw on Sylhet-Tamabil highway on Sunday. The accident took place on the highway in Ferighat area at Jaintiapur upazila in Sylhet at about 6:45am.
The deceased were identified as Sadia Begum, 35, wife of Jamal Ahmed of Rupcheng (Pakhibeel) village at Jaintiapur upazila, her four-month old baby Sahadat Hossan, daughter Sabiha Begum, 7, her sister-in-law Habibunnesa, 33; and the autorickshaw driver Hossain Ahmed, 35, son of Arab Ali of Pakhibeel village at the upazila.
The injured- Mohammad Zakaria, 50, brother-in-law of Sadia and his wife Hasina Begum, 40, were taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.
Dastagir Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Jaintiapur Police Station, confirmed the matter. He said that the bodies were recovered and sent to the hospital for autopsy.
Police and eyewitnesses said that the accident took place when the Jaflong-bound stone-laden truck hit the CNG-run auto-rickshaw, leaving the five people dead on the spot and two others injured. The victims were going to take part in the funeral of one of their relatives at Bhaitgram village at the upazila, said local journalist Foyez Ahmed.