Four persons were killed and seven others injured in a road accident at Mithapukur upazila town in the district on the Rangpur-Dhaka highway in the small hours of Friday.
The deceased labourers were identified as Rafikul Islam, 45, Shahidul Islam, 50, and Abul Kalam, 45, hailing from different villages of Lalmonirhat and Fazlul Karim, 65, of Sirajganj districts.
“The accident occurred when an onion-laden truck overturned as its driver lost control over the steering while overtaking another truck there around 1 am today,” said Yamin-Ud-Dowla, officer-in-charge (OC) of Barodorga Highway Police Station.
The Rangpur-bound truck from Bagerhat was carrying onions with some 11 labourers, mostly from Lalmonirhat and other northern districts, aboard when the accident took place killing one labourer on the spot and injuring 10 others.
Police and personnel from nearby Shothibari Fire Service and Civil Defense Station rushed to the spot, rescued the injured persons and sent them to Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RpMCH) where three of them succumbed to their injuries till 1 pm today.
The wounded labourers– Golam Mostafa, 35, Amir Hossain, 30, Amir Ali, 40, Babu Mian, 45, Guru Das, 40, Arjun, 25, and Rasel Milan, 30– are undergoing treatment at the RpMCH as their condition is still critical.
“Driver and helper of the ill-fated truck fled from the scene soon after the accident,” the OC said, adding that a case was filed in this connection with Mithapukur Police Station.