Updated: 04/13/2014 00:34 | By Agence France-Presse

12 dead in Myanmar road smash

Twelve people were killed on Saturday when a bus collided with a car and burst into flames on an accident-plagued highway in Myanmar, police said.

12 dead in Myanmar road smash

A passenger bus driving past an arch in Sagaing district in Mandalay, north of Yangon, on May 29, 2012

"A bus accelerated to pass a car which was crushed under the bus and caught fire," said police lieutenant colonel Min Aung of the Myanmar Police Force headquarters in the capital Naypyidaw.

Six people on the bus -- which was travelling from eastern Shan State to Yangon -- were killed and four were injured, while six car passengers died, he said.

The crash happened in the early hours of the morning on a road that connects Mandalay and Yangon -- via Naypyidaw -- that has been dubbed the "death highway" by local media due to frequent traffic accidents.

The concrete road was built hastily by the former junta after the generals in 2005 suddenly moved the capital from Yangon to the new purpose-built city in central Myanmar. 

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