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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bus collides with truck in northern Bangladesh, killing at least 17, injuring 30

A crowded bus collided head on with a truck in northern Bangladesh on Thursday, killing at least 17 people and injuring 30, police said.

The fatalities included four children, four women and three men who died instantly and six other passengers who succumbed to their injuries at a hospital, local police chief Anisur Rahman said.

All the dead were on the bus that crashed into a truck early Thursday at Shajahanpur in Bogra district, 100 miles (176 kilometers) north of the capital, Dhaka.

The fate of the two drivers was not immediately clear, Rahman said.

Fatal road accidents are common in Bangladesh, mainly because of lax traffic rules and poor road conditions.

An independent research has said up to 12,000 people die each year in road crashes in Bangladesh, a nation of 150 million people.

Earlier this month, 44 people, mostly school boys, died when the truck carrying them overturned in southeastern district of Chittagong. (more)