Five day labourers were killed and 11 others injured as a cement-laden truck overturned in Tangail Sadar upazila this morning.
Two of the deceased were identified as Mohammad Julhas Ali (50) of Gopalpur in Tangail and Mohammad Alek (45) of Dupchachia in Bogura.
Md Shafiqul Islam, senior station officer of Tangail Fire Service and Civil Defence, said a Bogura-bound cement-laden truck from Dhaka's Karwan Bazar turned turtle in Kandila area on Dhaka-Tangail highway around 5:30am.
After the truck turned upside down, sacks of cement fell on 16 people travelling by the vehicle, leaving them critically injured, our Tangail correspondent reports quoting the fire service official.
They were rescued and sent to Tangail General Hospital where five were declared dead, he added.
Conditions of three others were critical, Md Shafiqul said.
The driver and helper of the truck managed to flee the scene soon after the accident.
Most of the day labourers boarded the truck from Karwan Bazar to go to their village homes in different districts including Tangail, Bogura, Gaibandha and Rangpur, said Sajedul Islam, traffic inspector (administration) in Tangail.