At least 10 people were killed and about a dozen others injured in a fiery crash between a truck and a mini truck carrying day laborers in Bangladesh’s Chuadanga, some 215 km west of Dhaka, on Sunday, a local police official said.

The Chuadanga district police official said the fatal road accident took place on a highway connecting the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and southern Khulna divisional town, some 180 km southwest of the capital city.

The truck and the mini truck collided at around 6:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, said the official who did not like to be named.

The official confirmed the death of 10 people of the locally made mini truck, saying the toll might rise as some of the injured people from the mini truck were in critical condition.

The truck’s driver has been detained.

The cause for the accident is not immediately available.

Bangladesh has one of the highest fatality rates for road accidents in the world mainly due to shoddy highways, poorly maintained vehicles, violation of traffic rules and lack of monitoring of the traffic department.

Thousands of people are killed in road accidents in Bangladesh every year, and many of the fatalities occur in rural areas. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh