11 killed, 16 injured in Myanmar bus accident

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Photo -   A damaged bus lies beside the high way road in Phyu, Myanmar, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Myanmar state media say the bus traveling from Yangon to Mandalay has skidded off a bridge, leaving 11 dead and 16 injured including an American citizen. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
A damaged bus lies beside the high way road in Phyu, Myanmar, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Myanmar state media say the bus traveling from Yangon to Mandalay has skidded off a bridge, leaving 11 dead and 16 injured including an American citizen. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar state media say a bus traveling from Yangon to Mandalay skidded off a bridge, killing 11 people and injuring 16 others, including an American citizen.

State newspapers reported Sunday that the accident occurred Saturday when a tire on the bus blew, causing the vehicle to skid and plunge off the bridge into a stream below.

They said the bus was carrying 27 people.

The U.S. Embassy in Yangon confirmed an American was among the injured but gave no other details.

The highway is notorious for accidents, mainly due to speeding and careless driving around its many sharp curves.

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