Road accident kills 11 people in central Bangladesh
At least 11 people were killed and 16 others injured as a bus plunged into a water-filled ditch in Bangladesh's central Munshiganj district on Sunday night, private news agency UNB reported on Monday morning, according to Xinhua.
Police were quoted as saying that the bus from southeastern Chittagong city to southern Barguna district rammed into a motorbike killing its two riders on the spot in Srinagar sub- district under Munshiganj, some 27 km southeast of capital Dhaka.
Then the bus carrying 53 passengers plunged into the roadside ditch at about 11:45 p.m. local time on Sunday as the driver lost control over the steering, police said.
Shortly after the bus plunge, local people recovered nine bodies and 16 injured passengers from the sunken bus which reportedly went under 5-feet (1.5-meter) water, the report said.
The injured were admitted to local hospitals.
Police said the death toll in the bus plunge might rise further as some passengers were trapped into the sunken bus, the UNB said.
The firefighters and divers were conducting the salvation operation.
Bangladesh has one of the highest fatality rates for road accidents in the world. According to official statistics, more than 10,000 people are killed in road accidents every year.