The accident occurred in Shashai Islampur area around 9:45am on Friday, said Khatihata highway police OC Md Humayun Kabir.

All the victims – seven men and a child – were passengers of the microbus, he said.

Quoting witnesses, Kabir said all the seven victims had died on the spot when the Dhaka-bound Ena Paribahan bus crashed into with the microbus.

Another died while undergoing treatment at Brahmanbarhia Sadar Hospital after being rushed there with those injured.

All the bodies were kept at the hospital’s morgue.

Two Fire Service units from Habiganj and Brahmanbarhia had conducted rescue operations after arriving on the scene.

The crash had disrupted vehicular movement on the highway for an hour.

Traffic returned to normal after the damaged vehicles were moved.