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At least 19 killed in bus accident in Bangladesh

At least 19 people are dead and dozens more injured after a bus plunged into a ditch along a newly built expressway in Bangladesh.

BANGLADESH FIRE A bus carrying more than 40 passengers has fallen nine metres into a roadside ditch in Bangladesh.
March 20, 2023
By Ruma Paul
20 March 2023

A speeding bus has veered off a major expressway in central Bangladesh, plunging into a ditch, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens.

The death toll could rise further as some of the injured passengers are in critical condition, Shibchar police official Anowar Hossain said.

The crash occurred in the city of Shibchar, 80km from the capital Dhaka.

The bus, carrying more than 40 passengers, fell about nine metres into a roadside ditch after breaking through the railing of the newly-built Padma river bridge expressway, Hossain said.

The driver, who was killed, appeared to have lost control of the vehicle after the tyre of the bus burst, he said, adding that the cause of the accident was under investigation.

Road accidents are common in Bangladesh, often blamed on reckless driving, old vehicles and poor safety rules, and kill thousands each year.

In 2018, a series of massive student protests, sparked by the death of two teenagers, forced Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government to approve raising the maximum prison time from three to five years for causing death by rash driving.

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