Reckless driving, over-crowding caused deadly bus crash: Rab

The Rapid Action Battalion said that the recklessness of the bus driver and over-crowding of passengers led to the deadly road crash in Jhalakathi that killed 17 people.

The Rab arrested the bus driver — Mohan Khan, 40, from Ashulia, Khandaker Al Moin, director of the legal and media wing of Rab, told a press briefing at the Rab Media Centre yesterday.

Moin said that Mohon used to drive heavy vehicles despite not having a license for driving such vehicles.

According to Rab, the Barishal-bound bus of Bashar Smriti Paribahan lost control while carrying extra passengers. The bus had a capacity of 45 passengers. On the way from Bhandaria to Barishal, more passengers were picked up from various stops and the vehicle was driven at reckless speeds.

At 9:50am, when the vehicle reached Chhatrakanda area of Jhalkathi, the driver lost control.

At least 17 people were killed and 23 others injured when the bus plunged into a roadside waterbody in the district’s Sadar upazila on Saturday morning.

Jhalakathi Sadar Police Station Sub-inspector Shusankar Sarkar filed a case on July 23.

Jhalakathi district administration has formed a five-member committee to investigate the incident.

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