Monday, August 21, 2017

Bus crash on new highway leaves two dead, 22 injured

Two people were killed and 22 injured last week when a Taunggyi-bound express bus skidded out of control on the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw Highway in Bago Region.

An official said the accident occurred about 4pm on July 7, one hour after the Shwe Gabar bus left the highway terminal in Yangon with 39 passengers.

“It was drizzling [with rain], the bus slipped and went into the soft soil [on the side of the road]. The driver tried to get the bus back onto the road but it was out of control,” said an official from the highway division of the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles.

The accident occurred between the 37- and 38-mile points on the highway.

Dr Nyi Nyi Min, head of Bago General Hospital, told The Myanmar Times by phone on July 8 that two women in their 20s were already dead when they arrived at the hospital about 6:20pm.

“The injured people are not in a serious condition but are being kept for observation and check ups,” he said, “As far as I know, [the deceased] had come to Yangon for training.”

The identities of the two women have not been released but the committee official said they were sitting next to each other in seats 29 and 30.

“Shwe Gabar said they would arrange insurance payments [for the families of the deceased] as well as the injured people. However, we have not been able to contact their family members yet,” he said. “One of the dead women’s ID card indicates she was originally from Magwe Region and the other has also been difficult to identify because she was in the process of apply for an ID card.”

About half of the passengers were female teachers from southern Shan State who had been visiting Yangon for a training program, he said.

He added that the driver of the bus had been arrested and was being held at the police station in Hpa Yar Gyi village north of Bago.