Crash kills 44 children

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A nation was in mourning today after a truck full of schoolchildren returning from a football match crashed into a flooded roadside ditch yesterday killing at least 44.

The tragedy, which also left 12 survivors in critical condition, occurred in Mirsarai sub-district of southeastern Chittagong. Local residents said about 60-70 students mostly aged 12-18 were packed in the back of the truck.

Today, thousands of people attended a mass funeral for 38 of the students in the grounds of a local high school as the tragic news sent shock waves across the country.

Local media reported that the driver, who later fled the scene, was talking on a mobile phone when the accident happened.

Church leaders led prayers for the dead and offered condolences to the bereaved families.

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Crash kills 44 children

  1. 1. Crash kills 44 children<br />www.ucanews.com<br />
  2. 2. A nation was in mourning today after a truck full of schoolchildren returning from a football match crashed into a flooded roadside ditch yesterday killing at least 44.<br />
  3. 3. The tragedy, which also left 12 survivors in critical condition, occurred in Mirsarai sub-district of southeastern Chittagong. Local residents said about 60-70 students mostly aged 12-18 were packed in the back of the truck.<br />
  4. 4. Today, thousands of people attended a mass funeral for 38 of the students in the grounds of a local high school as the tragic news sent shock waves across the country.<br />
  5. 5. Local media reported that the driver, who later fled the scene, was talking on a mobile phone when the accident happened.<br />
  6. 6. Church leaders led prayers for the dead and offered condolences to the bereaved families.<br />
  7. 7. “It’s a heart-breaking accident. It happened because of a man’s negligence,” said coadjutor Holy Cross Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka.<br />
  8. 8. “Authorities should do more to prevent further tragedies like this taking place,” the former prelate of Chittagong diocese added.<br />
  9. 9. Caritas Chittagong regional director James Gomes said the emergency services called to the scene lacked necessary equipment that could have saved more lives.<br />
  10. 10. “The families have our full sympathy and we’re sending a team today to see if Caritas can do something to help them,” he said.<br />
  11. 11. Bangladesh Christian Association secretary NirmolRozario questioned why so many children were on the truck.<br />
  12. 12. “There are several parties who should be taking the blame for this painful accident: the school administration, the driver, local authorities and law enforcement. All those students should never have been in that truck.”<br />
  13. 13. “Rozario added his organization will issue a statement today demanding proper compensation for the dead children’s families and call for measures to prevent further tragedies.<br />
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  15. 15. Source @<br />http://www.ucanews.com/2011/07/12/crash-kills-44-children/<br />http://www.ucanews.com/<br />

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