At least eight people, including six members of a family, were killed and another was injured as a bus crashed into an auto-rickshaw on Cumilla-Noakhali regional highway at Jamtola in Lalmai upazila of Cumilla on Sunday noon.
The deceased were identified as Jashim Uddin, 47, a hotel owner, his mother Sakhina Begum, 70, wife Selina Begum, 42, two sons—Shipon, 22, and Hridoy, 18, and daughter Nipu Akter, 13, their hotel staff Saimun Hossain hailing from Nangalkot upazila, and auto-rickshaw driver Jamal Hossain, 22, of Laksam upazila in the district.
Family’s youngest member Rifat, 8, who is now the lone one, survived the accident with severe injuries. He was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
The bus smashed the CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 12 pm, leaving five three-wheeler passengers dead on the spot and three others injured, said Md Badrul Alam Talukdar, officer-in-charge of Lalmai Police Station.
Two of the injured died while undergoing treatment at Baghmara Health Complex.
Police recovered the bodies and sent those to Comilla Medical College Hospital morgue.