Yangon: A bus traveling from Yangon to Mandalay has skidded off a bridge, leaving 11 dead and 16 injured including an American citizen, said Myanmar state media.

State newspapers on Sunday reported that the accident occurred on Saturday when a tyre 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 US 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.

(Agencies)

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