Bus Crash on ‘Death Highway’ Near Naypyidaw Kills 14

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Rescue workers and police attempt to turn the crashes bus of Yazamin Express upright in order to save some of its passengers. (Photo: Facebook / Myanmar Police Force)

RANGOON — A coach traveling on the Rangoon–Naypyidaw-Mandalay express highway skidded off a bridge on Monday, killing 14 passengers on board and injuring 30 others. It was the latest deadly accident on the highway that has so far seen 80 people killed and 350 injured this year.

On Monday evening, the bus of Yazamin Express company headed to Rangoon from Naypyidaw, but the vehicle hydroplaned during heavy rains and fell from a viaduct down into a gorge soon after it left Burma’s capital.

Of the 44 people on board, 14 people were reported dead on Tuesday and 30 are injured, according to Naypyidaw General Hospital staff.

“Many people died on the spot. Most of the  bodies were collected only when a crane arrived to lift the wreckage as they were under the bus. We had to break windows to retrieve injured passengers. Three are in critical condition,” said Myo Thet Paing, a member of the rescue team member of the Naypyidaw Red Cross.

French news agency AFP quoted Naypyidaw police as saying there were no foreign passengers on board the bus.

On April 12, a bus collided with a car on the same highway in an accident that left 12 people dead.

Known as ‘Death Highway’, the 366-mile concrete road links Rangoon and Mandalay and was built in 2009 under the former military regime as a short cut to Burma’s newly-built capital in Naypyidaw, which is located in between Burma’s two biggest cities. Engineers involved in the road’s construction have told The Irrawaddy that few road safety measures were put in place as the transport link to the new political capital had to be completed quickly on orders of military commanders.

During the past five years, 730 accidents  were reported on the road in which 367 people were dead and 1114 injured.

2 Responses to Bus Crash on ‘Death Highway’ Near Naypyidaw Kills 14

  1. I wish Burmese people who are destined to use unhealthy road to be free from this avoidable death. If you want to built a democratic country, you must respect the people lives. How long these deaths let happen depends on you. It is a matter of choice. Try to avoid unhealthy roads by qutting you jobs in Nay Pyi Daw or respect the people lives by immediate attention to correct the road factor if you want to be a good government. Ther are only three factors to happen a road accident such as driver , car ( machine and engine ) and road. Burmese gov: is very good to take the action against man power but the remains.

  2. Than Sgwe keeps killing people through his wicked agenda and crooked scheme. He ordered Engineers to build this Death Highway in a very limited time. So, Than Shwe is the one who is responsible for these deaths.

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