Head-on bus collision kills at least 11 in Bangladesh

14:24, August 02, 2011      

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A head-on collision between two passenger buses in Bangladesh's Narsingdi district, some 51 km east of capital Dhaka, Tuesday morning left at least 11 people dead and more than 20 injured, local police said.

Md Fakhruddin, officer-in-Charge of Shibpur Police Station in the district, told Xinhua over mobile phone, "At least 11 passengers were killed on the spot and over 20 sustained injuries in the head-on collision between the buses."

The road accident which occured at around 10:20 a.m. local time also left some of passengers of both the buses critically injured, he said.

All the injured in the crash were rushed to local hospitals and clinics, he said adding reason for the accident is not immediately available.

The South Asian nation has one of the highest fatality rates for road accidents in the world due mainly to shoddy highways, poorly maintained vehicles, violation of traffic rules by inept drivers and lack of monitoring of the traffic department.

In a disastrous road accident last month, at least 44 school students were killed when a truck carrying them overturned and plunged into a roadside ditch in Bangladesh's Mirsharai sub- district of Chittagong divisional city, 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka.

According to a recent study of Accident Research Center of Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology, some 10,000 to 12, 000 people are killed in road accident in Bangladesh every year, of which about 75 percent fatalities occur in rural areas.

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