Yesterday afternoon a YBS 55 bus broke a tie rod and slammed into a YBS 37 bus on the other side of the road, resulting in the death of nine passengers and injuries to 19 others, according to Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA).
The accident occured near the old Shwenyaungbin Bo Bo Gyi Nat shrine in Pyinmabin village tract on Yangon-Pyay Road. YRTA secretary Dr. Maung Aung confirmed most of the casualties were on the YBS 37 bus.
“YBS 37 was travelling toward the city from Htauk Kyant when YBS 55 coming from the opposite direction broke its tie rod and slammed into the left side of YBS 37. Six died on the spot and three more died at the hospital. Twelve victims were treated in North Okkalapa Hospital and 7 were treated in Insein Hospital. Most of the dead and wounded passengers were on the YBS 37 as it was struck by the YBS 55,” said Dr. Maung Aung.
Personnel from Insein Fire Station and Pale Fire Sub-Station, the Free Funeral Service Society and Traffic Police together with YRTA were at the accident scene to provide help and conduct a recovery operation.
An emergency meeting is scheduled for today to discuss the accident. The YBS 55 bus is a 1998 model. More than 2,000 1995 model buses were earlier pulled out of service recently, it is learnt.