Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said CCTV footage suggested the bus driver was negligent before the accident. An investigation was underway.
It was the worst bus crash since April 2005 when a driver tried to beat a train at a level crossing at the north-western town of Polgahawela. The bus driver escaped with minor injuries, but 37 passengers were killed.
Sri Lanka records an average of 3,000 road fatalities annually making the island’s roads among the most dangerous in the world.
Fifteen persons have been confirmed dead and five persons rescued injured following an accident that occurred in Akaeze Development Centre in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Channels Television learned that the incident happened on Friday evening when a coaster bus with registration number UKP 78 XA Mr plunged into a river along the road.
The commercial said to be conveying 38 passengers on board lost control when the driver was trying to overtake a truck but ran into the Akaeze River which was already overflowing its banks due to a recent downpour.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Loveth Odah, it took the efforts of police in the area to rescue the five victims.
The corpses consisting of seven females and seven males have been recovered and deposited at a hospital in Afikpo.
The police spokesperson said the driver is responding to treatment with three others, adding that one yet-to-identified female victim was confirmed dead on arrival at a hospital in the area.
Among those rescued is the driver bus, Nwaonu Chinedu, a native of Ikwo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
On his part, Chinedu said he conveyed 32 members of a church in Enugu to attend a burial ceremony at Nguzu Edda in Afikpo South LGA of the State.
Efforts are ongoing to rescue other trapped persons, including a retired Chief Superintend of Police, Livinus Mbah.
Meanwhile, Governor Dave Umahi and the Commissioner of Police have visited the scene of the accident.
While describing the incident as very unfortunate one, he asked road users to avoid reckless driving, especially during the ember months.
At least 10 people in India were killed when their bus made contact with a roadside power line and caught fire, officials said late Sunday.
The accident occurred in the eastern state of Odisha, near Mandarajpur, when part of the bus carrying about 40 passengers ignited after touching an 11-kilovolt power line, the Press Trust of India cited a police officer, Sadar Jayant Kumar Mohapatra, as saying.
Five other people were in critical condition, a hospital emergency officer in Cuttack city said, according to PTI.
Initial investigations suggested the luggage carrier of the bus touched the power line when the bus driver tried to give way to a two-wheeled vehicle on the narrow road, PTI quoted Chief Fire Officer Sukant Sethi as saying.
A bus careered off one of India’s busiest roads early Monday killing at least 29 people, police said.
The driver of the bus was suspected to have fallen asleep before the double-decker bus hit a divider and fell into a gap between two flyovers on the Yamuna expressway from Delhi to Agra, according to police.
The bus was taking about 50 people from New Delhi to Lucknow, in Uttar Pradesh state, when the accident happened at about 4.15am.
The buses were each carrying about 50 passengers at the time of the crash. One of the buses caught fire, leaving people burned beyond recognition.
Emergency services were at the scene, including firefighters who put out the blazing vehicles.
Kwame Arhin, a doctor at the Kintampo Government Hospital, said 28 people were being treated for head injuries and multiple fractures.
“Seven out of the 28 passengers who were rushed here are in critical condition,” he added.
Road safety fears
The cause of the crash was yet to be established but local media said a driver of one of the vehicles lost control after falling asleep.
“Some of the survivors are telling us that their driver was feeling sleepy at some point during that time of the night so he was asked to park but he refused,” Kintampo fire service commander Ankomah Twene told local station TV3.
“We believe it contributed to the accident,” he added.
A survivor, Rose Anane, said: “I was fast asleep then I heard a loud bang. We managed to break the glass and it was just a few of us –- about 10 –- who managed to move out.
“In a matter of seconds then the vehicle went on fire with the others still trapped in the car. We watched on as the fire consumed them. It was late into the night.”
The crash has renewed calls for the authorities to enforce traffic rules to reduce deaths and injuries on the country’s poorly-maintained road networks.
“We’ve been speaking to the local assembly to fix rumble strips on the road but they said this is a highway so it’s not possible,” said local resident Gifty Mintah. Rumble strips are a noise-making safety feature that alerts drivers when their cars are at the edge of the road.
“But people keep dying and for how long are we going to look on for people to keep dying?”
Crashes are common on highways in Ghana because of poor maintenance, disregard of traffic regulations and unroadworthy vehicles.
An average of six people die on the roads every day, according to the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of Ghana police.
In February 2016, 70 people were killed and 13 injured when two buses collided in the same town of Kintampo.
In July 2017, players from one of Ghana’s leading football clubs, Asante Kotoko, were victims of a crash in which their team bus rammed into the back of a stationary truck.
Six Swiss nationals were killed in a road accident in Sweden’s far north when the minibus they were in collided with a truck, Swedish police and Swiss officials said Sunday.
The cause of the accident, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday near the town of Kiruna, was not yet known, Swedish police said.
Switzerland’s foreign ministry confirmed the six dead were Swiss nationals, and that a seventh Swiss person in the minibus was injured.
All of them were born in the 1990s, Swedish police said.
According to Swedish media reports, the minibus crossed over into oncoming traffic in a curve and collided head-on with a heavy truck carrying a load of iron ore.
The truck driver was not injured.
The Kiruna region in the Arctic Circle, which lies some 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) north of Stockholm, is popular with tourists seeking out pristine wilderness, the Northern Lights, and a nearby ice hotel.