9 picnickers among 11 killed in Nilphamari road crash
Nilphamari: At least 11 people, including nine picnickers, were killed and 18 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a picnic pick-up at Dhalagachhi in Saidpur upazila on Sunday night.
Two of the deceased are Komal Roy, 23, and Srikanta Roy, 24, while the identities of the rest could not be known immediately.
Ashoke Kumar Paul, assistant superintendent of police (Sadar circle), said the Dhaka-bound bus collided with the pick-up heading for Nilphamari on the Saidpur Bypass around 10:15 pm, leaving nine people dead on the spot and 20 others injured.
Of the injured, 12 were taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where two of them succumbed to their injuries.
Shahjahan Pasha, officer-in-charge of Saidpur Police Station, said a group of young men went to an amusement park in Dinajpur on a picnic by the pick-up as part of their Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations.
The tragedy struck them while they were returning home after the picnic, he said.