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At least 17 die as gas cylinder explodes in three-vehicle pile-up in Bangladesh

At least 17 die as gas cylinder explodes in three-vehicle pile-up in Bangladesh

Eastern Times  Correspondent, Dhaka, 26 march: At least 17 people have been killed and two others injured in a fire accident resulting in from a three-way collision in Rajshahi is the northern district of Bangladesh

The collision took place between a bus, a microbus and a human-haulier at around 1:45pm on Friday.

The deceased could not be identified immediately, confirmed Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Spokesperson and Additional Deputy Commissioner (Sadar) Golam Ruhul Quddus.

He said as soon as a “Hanif Paribahan” bus, a microbus and a human-haulier reached Katakhali in Rajshahi, the vehicles lost control and collided head-on, leaving 11 dead on the spot.

The injured were rushed to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) where six more died, raising the death toll to 17, he added.

The cylinder of the microbus exploded upon impact, prompting the local Fire Service and Civil Defence team to respond to the scene and carry out a rescue operation, say police.

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