3 Bangladeshi killed in Australia car crash
At least three Bangladeshi students were killed and four others injured in a road crash at Kakadu National Park, in the Northern Territory of Australia on Saturday.
The deceased were identified as Saiful Islam Dinar, Sadeka Kamal Nipa and Maisa Kuddus, students of Charles Darwin University.
Darwin's tight-knit Bangladeshi community is devastated after three friends were killed in a horrific car crash at Kakadu, only months after others died in a crash at Litchfield National Park.
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 four others who were injured, ABC Radio Australia reports.
The crash occurred on the Kakadu Highway at 12.30 pm on Saturday about six kilometres north of Cooinda Lodge.
Three people, believed to be two women and one man, were killed, while the four others in the Toyota Prado were injured.
He believed all three who were killed were married, and survived by their spouses, and less than 30 years old.
The other four people are now in a stable condition at Royal Darwin Hospital.
Second fatal crash in 10 months
It came less than a year after the Bangladeshi community lost two other friends in a car crash at Litchfield National Park.
Mr Hasan believed there were about 250 members in the Darwin community, and they all knew each other.
"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.
Mr 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."
Community pulls together
Mr Hasan said his community always pulled together in times of need.
"No doubt on that. It's really proven in time of emergency and time of need," he said.
On Sunday, many of the community planned to return to the hospital and support their friends as best they could.
'If I'm putting myself in their shoes, I can't cope with it," Mr Hasan said.
"It's early stage of their life and now they have to bear this pain for the rest of their life.
"Pray for us, pray for them, that's all I can say."
The three deaths take the Northern Territory's road toll for this year to 15.
NT Police advised the Kakadu Highway reopened about 11:00pm last night.