Bus crash in Bangladesh kills at least 19
- Police said that the number may rise further due to critical condition of some passengers.
- “The bus carrying more than 40 passengers fell into a ditch about 9 meters on the side of the road.”
- Police say that the cause of the accident is under investigation.
DHAKA: A high-speed bus overturned on a major expressway in central Bangladesh and plunged into a ditch, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens.
The death toll may rise further as some are. Injured passengers Anwar Hussain, a police officer of Shabchar, said that where the accident took place, his condition is critical. This city is 80 km away from the capital Dhaka.
Hussain said the bus, carrying more than 40 passengers, broke the railing of the newly constructed Padma River Bridge Expressway and fell about 9 meters (30 feet) into a roadside ditch.
After the tire of the bus burst, it appears that the driver lost control of the vehicle, he said, adding that the cause of the accident was being investigated.
Road accidents are common in Bangladesh, often blamed on careless driving, old vehicles and poor safety regulations, killing thousands every year.
In 2018, a series of Massive protest by studentsThe deaths of the two teenagers forced Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government to approve an increase in the maximum jail term for causing death by speeding from three to five years.