YANGON (XINHUA) – The death toll from the traffic accident involving two buses and a truck that occurred in central Myanmar’s Mandalay Region on Wednesday night climbed to 13, according to local authorities.
The crash took place at around 8.25pm on Meiktila-Kyaukpadaung road in Kyaukpadaung township in Mandalay region, when two passenger buses collided.
The death toll included 10 men and three women, and 23 others were also injured in the crash, local police said.
“Eleven people died on the spot, and two men died in the hospital, taking the tally to 13,” a local police officer who went to the accident site told Xinhua.
The injured included 18 men and five women, and they were being given medical treatment in the Kyaukpadaung hospital, local authorities said.
“It is the worst traffic accident that occurred in Kyaukpadaung,” a local resident said.
Human errors such as overspeeding, negligent driving and drowsy driving are mostly blamed for highway accidents in the country. Last year, over 3,000 people were killed and over 8,000 people injured in 6,420 traffic accidents across Myanmar, official figures showed.