3 Bangladeshis killed in Road Accident in Australia

Three Bangladeshi students have been killed and four injured in a car crash at Kakadu National Park, in the Northern Territory of Australia, reports ABC News.

The car carrying seven people rolled on the Kakadu Highway about six kilometres north of Cooinda Lodge at about 12:30pm (local time) Saturday.

Four injured patients were transferred to Darwin by Care Flight just before 5.00pm and then to the Royal Darwin Hospital. They are now in stable condition, the hospital says.

Two of the injured people might have limbs amputated, and another had a severe head injury, a spokesman told the ABC News.

Three people, believed to be two women and one man, were killed, while the four others in the Toyota Prado were injured.

Speaking to media this morning, NT Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Commander Tony Fuller said a 29-year-old had been driving a hired Toyota Prado from Jabiru to Cooinda when he "lost control on a large, sweeping bend".

One person was ejected from the car, which raised police concerns as to whether they were wearing a seatbelt.

"We don't think alcohol is a factor, speed may be a factor, but it's more likely to be the driver is inexperienced," he said.

"We understand the driver is not used to that vehicle, he's more used to driving a smaller vehicle around town."

However, investigations into the crash are continuing, after which a report will be prepared for the coroner.

The three deaths take the Northern Territory's road toll for this year to 15.

"We're really worried at this stage because we're only a quarter of the way through the year and we're already half of last year's road toll," Commander Fuller said.

NT Police advised the Kakadu Highway reopened about 11:00pm last night.

 Two police officers sweep a bend in the road with debris on it.

Mahmudul Hasan, the president of the Bangladeshi Student Association of Charles Darwin University, said about 100 people gathered outside the Royal Darwin Hospital last night to pray for the four who were injured.

He believed all three who were killed were married, and survived by their spouses, and less than 30 years old.

Darwin's Bangladeshi community is believed to have about 250 members.

"It's devastating, that's all I could say," Mr Hasan said.

"You are probably aware that we had another incident just about nine months ago. There was a car crash in Litchfield and we lost one of our brother and sister as well.

"Now another hit in less than a year period."

He believed six couples had been travelling through Kakadu National Park together for the Easter holiday.

The five men who had not been in the car that crashed were driven back to Darwin by other Bangladeshi community members, who they had been planning to meet in the park that day.

 Hasan said word spread quickly after the crash, and about 100 members of the community were at the hospital when the four patients arrived.

"As soon as the news started spreading everyone was looking for some sort of thing for how can they support each other," he said.

"So we all went there [to the hospital] and waited for them to at least see them."


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