Bus crash kills 14 in Sri Lanka

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A crowded bus crashed into a precipice in central Sri Lanka Saturday, killing the driver and 13 passengers in the worst road accident in 16 years, police said.

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The privately-owned bus was travelling through the hilly region of Passara when it went off the road and crashed as the driver swerved to avoid an oncoming truck at a narrow pass, police said.

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Five of the dead passengers were women and eight were men, police said, while another 30 people sustained injuries.




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Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said CCTV footage suggested the bus driver was negligent before the accident. An investigation was under way.

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It was the worst bus crash since April 2005 when a driver tried to beat a train at a level crossing at the north-western town of Polgahawela. The bus driver escaped with minor injuries, but 37 passengers were killed.

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Sri Lanka records an average of 3,000 road fatalities annually making the island’s roads among the most dangerous in the world.

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(AFP)

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