At least 5 killed, 40 hurt in Bangladesh bus collision

11:23, June 17, 2010      

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A head-on collision between a truck and bus in Bangladesh's central Manikgonj district, some 63 km northwest from capital Dhaka, killed at least five people and injured 40 others Wednesday afternoon.

Md Lutfor Rahman, an official of Ghior police station in Manikgonj district, told Xinhua over phone that "after the road accident, which left five people dead on the spot and 40 others injured, the passenger bus fell into a roadside canal."

Fire brigade personnel are trying to lift the submerged bus from the water with the help of a crane, he said and feared that there might have more bodies inside the sunken bus.

Rahman said that the accident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. local time when the Dhaka bound passenger bus collided head-on with the truck from opposite direction.

He said the bodies of the five deceased were sent to hospital morgue for autopsy while at least 10 injured were admitted to the nearby district hospitals.

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

Source: Xinhua


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