YANGON: On Tuesday, at least 14 people were killed and scores wounded when an intercity bus crashed in great rain on an accident-prone highway in Myanmar, police stated.
The wreck occurred on Monday evening on the main route between the capital Naypyidaw and the commercial hub of Yangon.
“It was pelting with rain and the driver lost control and the bus broke apart into a bridge and strike down onto a rail path,” said police lieutenant colonel Min Aung of the Myanmar Police Force headquarters in Naypyidaw.
The route between the central city of Mandalay and Yangon —via Naypyidaw — has been nicknamed the “death highway” by the local media due to frequent traffic accidents.
The concrete road was built in haste by the former junta after the generals in 2005 suddenly moved the capital from Yangon to the new design-built city erected in in central Myanmar.
Last month 12 people were wiped out when a passenger vehicle collided with a car and explode into flames on the same main road.