17 killed, 26 injured in bus accident in Bangladesh

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17 killed, 26 injured in bus accident in Bangladesh

People gather after a bus driver hit an accident in Madaripur on March 19, 2023. PHOTO AFP DHAKA - At least 17 people were killed and more than 26 others injured when a passenger bus veered off the road and fell into a ditch in Bangladesh's central Madaripur district, some 63 km south of the capital Dhaka on Sunday.

Abdullahel Baki, a Shibchar Highway Police official, told reporters that the passenger bus felt into a roadside ditch, leaving 14 passengers dead and about 25 -- 26 injured on the spot. Three of the injured died on the way to local hospitals, he said.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and plunged the bus into a ditch on an expressway at about 7: 30 am local time.

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Bangladesh has one of the highest fatalities for road accidents in the world due to shoddy highways, poorly maintained vehicles, violation of traffic rules by inept drivers and lack of monitoring of the traffic department.