Thursday, January 24, 2013

14 killed in western Burma bus crash

Thursday, 24 January 2013 12:20 Mizzima News

The view of the ill-fated Aung Thit Sar Express at the foot of the ravine. (Photo: Thein Hlaing / Mizzima)

Fourteen people were killed and 33 injured on Wednesday when a passenger bus crashed off cliff in western Burma, according to police reports.

Reuters have reported that the dead numbered 16.

The accident occurred at 3am on Wednesday morning along a bus route from Rangoon to Rakhine State.

Brake failure was the suspected cause, according to a report by AFP.

Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Wednesday, Min Aung, chairman of the National League for Democracy in Rakhine’s Taungup Township said that, “The injured people were sent to the hospital with other buses. As the bus fell a very long way down, we are still collecting the dead bodies.”

Accidents such as this are common in Burma due to poor infrastructure and hazardous road conditions.
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