The Myanmar Times
Friday, 18 April 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Speed, brake failure blamed for bus smash in Yangon

A man stands between a bus and a van involved in a nine-vehicle crash in Yangon on December 31, 2012 that left five people injured. (Ye Naung/The Myanmar Times)A man stands between a bus and a van involved in a nine-vehicle crash in Yangon on December 31, 2012 that left five people injured. (Ye Naung/The Myanmar Times)

A combination of rash driving and brake failure has been blamed for a nine-vehicle accident that left five people injured last week.

An out-of-control bus, that police and eyewitnesses allege was speeding on the wrong side of the road, careered into eight cars, most of which were parked, near the San Pya junction on Phone Gyi Street, Lanmadaw township, at about 8am on December 31.

Three males and two females ranging in age from 10 to 68 years were admitted to Yangon General Hospital with head, leg and arm injuries. None are thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

The driver and owner of the bus, U Aung San Oo, 35, has been charged with four offences, including rash driving and rash or negligent behaviour endangering human life, police said last week.

Ko Aung Naing Win, a taxi driver whose car was the first to be hit, said the bus was heading north to south along Phone Gyi Street when it hit him.

“The bus, a number 226, was on the wrong side and driving straight at my car. After that it hit all of the cars parked beside the road. My car was damaged. I got no serious injuries but my passenger was admitted to hospital,” he said.

Police figures show the number of accidents in Yangon Region rose in 2012 to 1242, up from 1169 the previous year. However, road deaths rose significantly to 291 from 208 and injuries were up slightly to 1869 from 1830.

A total of 136 accidents were reported in December 2012.