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7 killed, 10 wounded in road crash in Bangladesh

By Wam

At least seven people were killed when a bus carrying holidaymakers slammed into a roadside tree in eastern Bangladesh on Thursday, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, DPA, has quoted police as saying.

Five people died at the scene, in Lemua of Feni district on the Dhaka-Chattagram highway, nearly 150 kilometres south-east of Dhaka, officer Shahjahan Khan said, adding that the bus had veered off the road.

Two others died at a nearby health facility, said Abu Taher Patwari, a medical officer at Feni General Hospital.

Ten critically wounded passengers have been moved to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for improved medical care, he added.

More than 60 people from Dhaka's Mirpur neighbourhood had rented two buses to travel to the south-eastern beach town of Cox's Bazar as Muslims celebrate the Eid Al Adha holiday, Khan said.

One of the two buses crashed on the way while the other reached its destination, the officer said.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the crash.