41 killed, 179 injured in Myanmar's highway accidents in eight months

Forty-one people were killed and 179 others injured in connection with 112 traffic accidents on Myanmar's Yangon-Mandalay highway in the first eight months of 2022, the newspaper Myawady has reported.

In August, three people were killed and nine others injured in 13 road accidents on the Yangon-Mandalay highway, it reported.

The 587-km highway, connecting the country's commercial city Yangon and the second-largest city of Mandalay, was inaugurated in December 2010.

Human errors such as overspeeding, negligent driving and drowsy driving are mostly blamed for highway accidents in the country.

Last year, over 3,000 people were killed and more than 8,000 people injured in 6,420 traffic accidents across Myanmar, official figures showed.