Rangpur, April 20: At least 13 people were killed and about 66 others were injured in a head-on collision between two buses at Taraganj Upazila around 11:00am on Wednesday.
Among the deceased nine people were identified as Zinnat Ara, 45, Khabirul Islam, 30, Mohsin Ali, 50, Yusuf Ali, 35, Sabed Ali, 55, Motiar Rahman, 42, Abu Taleb Mian, 28, Abdus Sattar, 35, and Hedaun Sarker, 42, of different areas under Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts.
Two female bodies were identified as Badhon Khatun, a student Class XI of Ekarchali Degree College, and Rinat Khatun, 28, a teacher of Ekarchali Dakhil Madrasha. Besides, a driver of Tripti Paribahan died in the accident.
Officer-in-charge of Taraganj police Abdul Latif Mia said that a Rangpur-bound bus from Dinajpur crashed in to another bus, which was heading to Dinajpur from Sylhet.
The fatal accident took place at Tero Mile area on Rangpur-Syedpur on Wednesday morning.
According to police, at least 13 people were killed on the spot. Of them, three were female.
The bodies were sent to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) for autopsy and the injured are admitted to RMCH for treatment, police said.
Police, Fire Service & Civil Defense personnel from different fire service stations rushed to the spot, rescued the bodies and sent the injured people to Rangpur Medical College Hospital (RMCH). The severely damaged two buses have also been rescued.
DIG for Rangpur Range Khondker Golam Faruk visited the spot and monitored the rescue operations.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Taraganj Thana Abdul Latif said a total of 13 passengers have died, conditions of some other are still critical at RMCH.
Shahidul Islam, senior officer of Rangpur Fire Service said they are on the spot for conducting rescue operations.
Deputy Commissioner of Rangpur Ayat Anwar and upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) Nilufar Sultana also visited the spot.