DHAKA, Mar 19 (NNN-BSS) – At least 17 people were killed and more than 26 others injured, when a passenger bus veered off the road and fell into a ditch, in Bangladesh’s central Madaripur district, some 63 km south of the capital, Dhaka, today.
Abdullahel Baki, a local Shibchar Highway Police official, told reporters that, “the passenger bus fell into a roadside ditch, leaving 14 passengers dead on the spot and about 25-26 were injured.”
He said, three of the injured died on the way to local hospitals.
The accident occurred as its driver lost control over the vehicle, and plunged the bus into a ditch, along an expressway, at about 7:30 a.m. local time, this morning.– NNN-BSS
Bangladesh has one of the highest fatality rates for road accidents in the world mainly due to shoddy highways, poorly maintained vehicles, violation of traffic rules by inept drivers and lack of monitoring of the traffic department.