13 killed in head-on bus crash in Bangladesh
At least 13 people were killed and 30 injured Friday when a passenger bus and minibus collided head-on in northern Bangladesh, police said.
The crash occurred in the South Surma area in the Sylhet district on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway, 260 kilometers north-east of the capital, leaving all but one of the minibus passengers dead at the scene, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mohammad Ayub said.
Angry residents blocked the highway immediately after the accident to protest reckless driving and lax implementation of traffic laws on the highway, which cause frequent accidents and deaths.
The protesters also vandalized vehicles near the accident site, halting traffic on the highway.
About 5,000 people are killed in road crashes in Bangladesh each year, according to official estimates.