Truck overturns in Bangladesh, killing at least 26 students

08:18, July 12, 2011      

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At least 26 school students were killed and many others feared dead after a truck carrying them overturned and plunged into a roadside ditch in Bangladesh's Mirsharai sub-district of Chittagong district, 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, local administration chief said.

Sayeed Kutub, chief executive officer of Mirsharai sub-district, told Xinhua over mobile phone, "We've been confirmed by police that 26 students died from the road accent."

He said a truck carrying over 50 school students plunged into the watery ditch when its driver lost control over the steering at about 1:30 p.m. local time.

The students were returning after participating in a football tournament, he said amid fears that the death toll may further rise as many injured students are in critical conditions.

Road accidents, due to shoddy highways, poorly maintained vehicles, violation of traffic rules by inept drivers and lack of monitoring of the traffic department, are almost a common phenomenon in Bangladesh and kill thousands of people a year.

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