On Sunday, a bus crashed through a highway fence and into a roadside ditch in Bangladesh, leaving at least 17 people dead and up to 25 others hurt.
The bus fell 30 feet (10 metres) into the ditch at 8:00 a.m. (0200 GMT), according to the police, who believe the driver lost control and hit the railing of a recently constructed motorway.
“Seventeen people have died in the accident. The injured were sent to hospitals in the region,” local police chief Masud Alam told AFP after the crash in the southern district of Shibchar.
Road accidents are frequent in Bangladesh due to old and badly maintained vehicles and roads, as well as poorly trained drivers.
A highway accident monitor said a record 9,951 people were killed in road accidents in Bangladesh last year.
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