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Eleven people killed, 40 injured in road accident in Bangladesh
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20:15, April 14, 2009

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At least 11 people were killed and some 40 others injured when a passenger night coach skidded into a roadside ditch after Monday midnight in Bangladesh's northwestern Rangpur district, police said.

Local police said the accident occurred after a tire of the over-crowded bus burst out and the bus fell into a ditch in Peerganj sub-district in Rangpur, about 300 km of capital Dhaka.

Most victims are believed to be laborers. They were traveling on the roof of the bus.

The injured passengers were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where condition of 16 was stated to be bad, hospital sources said.

Bangladesh has one of the highest fatality rates for road accidents in the world. According to official statistics, more than 10,000 people are killed every year.  

Source: Xinhua

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