A crane of Bangladesh Navy tries to recover a shipping container that fell off lorry and crushed a rickshaw on a road in Chattogram city’s Patenga Khalpar area around noon yesterday. Two passengers of the three-wheeler were killed. Photo: Collected
An elderly man and his son were crushed to death and another man was critically injured after an improperly fastened shipping container fell on them from a lorry in Chattogram yesterday afternoon.
Younus Mizi, 60, and his son Rahim Mizi, 30, were on a rickshaw returning home from a hospital when the 20-feet-long container loaded with goods fell on them in the Patenga Khalpar area, police said.
“It appears that the shipping container slid off the vehicle after a rope used to tie the container to the truck snapped,” said Shakila Sultana, commissioner of Chattogram Metropolitan Police (port).
Sub-Inspector Rupak Kanti Chowdhury of EPZ Police Station said, “The container was supposed to be tied with chains, but they used nylon rope. Besides, the container was placed in the middle of the 40 feet flatbed without the corner castings properly bolted.
“The rope broke when the lorry was moving and caused the tragedy,” he said, adding that the lorry was going from Chattogram Port to Summit Alliance Port Limited Container Depot in Katghar.
Soon after the incident, firefighters rushed to the scene, but they could not lift the container until a crane of the Bangladesh Navy was brought in about an hour later.
Police detained lorry driver Sazzad Hossen, 25, and handed over the bodies to the family and sent the injured to a hospital.