Road crashes killed 7,221 people in Bangladesh in 2018


Dhaka, Jan 25: A total of 7,221 people were killed in at least  5,514 road accidents across the country last year, the Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare association, said on Friday.As many as 15,466 others were injured in the accidents.

Apart from them, 394 people were killed and 248 others injured in 370 train accidents last year. Accidents on waterways left 126 people dead and 230 others injured with an estimated 387 others missing, the Samity told a media briefing at the Jatiya Press Club presenting its statistics.

The numbers were compiled from local, regional, and online newspapers and television channels, said the organisation’s Secretary General Md Muzammel Haque Chowdhury.

They identified several reasons, including reckless driving, overtaking, road conditions, and vehicles without fitness, for the road accidents.