At least six people have died in Shariatpur after an ambulance veered out of control and ploughed into a truck near a Padma Bridge toll plaza.
The accident took place near the Padma Bridge South Police Station in Zajira at around 4 am on Tuesday, said Inspector Surujuddin Ahmed.
The truck, loaded with gas cylinders, was heading to Dhaka. The ambulance, which was just behind the truck, was also going to Dhaka carrying a patient and their relatives from Barishal.
The driver of the ambulance lost control while crossing a speed breaker near the toll plaza and rammed the rear end of the truck and damaged the front of the ambulance.
Six ambulance passengers died on the spot. The dead bodies are at the Zajira Health Complex, said Station Master Enamul Haque Sumon of Zajira Fire Service.
"We were informed suddenly that a severe road accident occurred near the Padma Bridge. We went there immediately and removed the vehicles damaged in the accident. We recovered the dead bodies and took them to the Zajira Upazila Health Complex," he said.
The dead were identified as Rabiul Islam, 29, from Khilgaon's Taltala in Dhaka, Fazle Rabbi, 27, from Doshomiya village in Bogura, Md Masud Rana, 40, Barishal Bureau chief of Daily Nobochetona, Jahanara Begum, 55, from Patuakhali's Boufal, her daughter Lima, 30, and Jilani Mridha, 28, who hailed from Mostafapur in Madaripur.
They left Barishal Belleview Hospital for Dhaka at around 2 am on Tuesday.
Families of the dead have been informed and the dead bodies will be handed to them once they arrive, said ASP Mohammad Maruf Hasan of Faridpur Highway Police.