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Speeding led to Faridpur ambulance accident

The team formed to investigate an ambulance accident in Faridpur has found that the driver had lost control over the vehicle due to high speed.

The investigation team visited the accident spot on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Expressway at Maligram in Bhanga upazila from 11:00am to 1:00pm today.

The deputy commissioner of Faridpur formed the probe committee headed by Bipur Chandra Das, additional district magistrate of Faridpur. The other committee members included Md Asaduzzaman, assistant superintendent of police; and Maruf Hasan, assistant superintendent of highway police; and Emran Khan, assistant director of BRTA.

The committee has been asked to submit its report within two working days.

Several members of the team said the ambulance veered into the guardrail on its left resulting in explosion of one of its tyres.The engine cable was severed. Later, the fire started from the engine.The ambulance was gas-run and there was an oxygen cylinder. Although it did not explode, it caught fire for a long time due to the presence of gas. At that time, no passengers managed to get out the vehicle.

Enamul Haque, BRTA motor vehicle inspector in Faridpur, said, “The ambulance’s fitness and tax were up to date.”Mahbubul Alam, superintendent of Madaripur Highway Police, said, “No case was filed till 6:00pm yesterday.”Eight people — including seven of a family — died as the ambulance veered into the guardrail of Dhaka-Bhanga expressway and went up in flames in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur on June 24.

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