Three passengers of a microbus have died after their vehicle collided with a covered van and caught fire on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway.
Two children were rescued from the blazing vehicle after the crash near Nizampur College in Chattogram’s Mirsarai Upazila around 7:00am Tuesday, reports bdnews24.
Both the microbus and the covered van were headed to Chattogram, said Md Jashim Uddin, deputy assistant director of the Chattogram Fire Service and Civil Defence.
“The microbus hit the covered van from behind and got stuck to it. It got dragged a few yards by the covered van and then suddenly caught fire,” he told bdnews24.com.
Of the passengers, three burnt to death while still in the microbus. Firefighters saved Rony, 12, and Rasel, 10, and sent them to a hospital.
The driver of the covered van quickly fled the area along with the vehicle, said Mirsarai Police OC Jahidul Kabir. The microbus fire was possibly caused by the explosion of its gas cylinder upon impact, he said.
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