18 Killed in Karen State Car Accident

By Zaw Zaw Htwe 3 January 2020

YANGON—Eighteen people were killed after a bus collided with a car on a highway in Karen State’s Myawaddy Township on Friday morning.

The express bus, carrying 45 people who were traveling to Thailand in search of jobs as migrant workers, crashed into a Toyota Probox car carrying seven people and then fell into a ravine along the Asia Highway between Myawaddy and Kawkareik.

The Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation (MOEAF) said that all seven passengers including the driver from the Toyota Probox vehicle and 11 passengers from the bus were killed on the spot.

The 34 surviving bus passengers were injured and 27 of them are in serious condition, U Thant Zin Aung, a Karen State parliamentarian for Myawaddy constituency, told The Irrawaddy on Friday.

In April 2017, an express vehicle carrying Myanmar migrant workers also fell headlong into the same ravine along the Asia Highway, killing 20 people.

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