List of road accidents

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List of road accidents records serious road accidents: those that have a large death toll, occurred in unusual circumstances, or have some other historical significance. For crashes that killed famous people, refer to List of people who died in road accidents. The prevalence of bus accidents in this list is a function of severity rather than of frequency.

Notable historic road accidents
1950s: 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960s: 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970s: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980s: 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990s: 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
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  • France 1771 France – Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot's second steam-powered vehicle is said to have crashed into a wall during a test run, in what would have been the first automobile accident. However, it is disputed that this ever happened. According to Georges Ageon[1] the earliest mention of this occurrence dates from 1801 and it does not feature in contemporary accounts.


  • Republic of Ireland August 31, 1869 UK (Ireland)– While riding as a passenger with relatives in an experimental steam car, Mary Ward was thrown from the car and fell under the wheels as it rounded a bend. This is believed to be the first recorded automobile death. The car was built by her cousins, the sons of William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse.[2]
  • United States1891 US. John William Lambert, was involved in the first automobile accident in American history. The accident occurred in Ohio City, Ohio. Lambert's vehicle—the first single-cylinder gasoline automobile, which was carrying Lambert and James Swoveland, hit a tree root, causing the car to careen out of control and smash into a hitching post. Injuries from this accident were minor.[3]
  • United Kingdom 17 August 1896 UK – Bridget Driscoll is the first person to die in a petrol-engined car accident, and the first pedestrian victim of an automobile accident in the United Kingdom. As she crossed the grounds of the Crystal Palace in London, she was struck by an automobile belonging to the Anglo-French Motor Carriage Company that was being used to give demonstration rides.[4]
  • United Kingdom 25 February 1899 UK – Edwin Sewell and Major Richer are thrown from their vehicle on Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex, London, and killed. Sewell's death is the first fatality of a driver recorded.
  • United States 13 September 1899 – Henry H. Bliss is the first person killed by a car in the United States.



  • United States July – A bus accident in Ossining, New York, claimed 20 lives.






  • United Kingdom October UK – A bus crashes into a building at Holmfirth, Yorkshire, killing 9 people.[5]


  • Argentina December 19 Argentina – A commuter train hits a truck carrying hikers in the Greater Buenos Aires. killed 44 and injured 25 others.




  • Japan July 15 Japan – A Shimokawai-Chubutenryu regular route bus plunges off the Harada bridge, Tenryū River, Urakawa, Hokkaidō, northwestern Shizuoka Prefecture, killing 24.[6]
  • United Kingdom December 4 UK – Gillingham bus disaster, Gillingham, Kent, England.
    During evening in a badly-lit area, a bus hits a company of fifty-two young members of the Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps, aged between ten and thirteen years. 24 cadets were killed and 18 injured; at the time it was the greatest loss of life of any road accident in British history. The crash was later ruled accidental.[7]


  • Argentina 29 March. Argentina – The collision between a train and a bus in the city of Coronel Suarez, Buenos Aires Province causing 22 dead and 4 injured.
  • Netherlands 29 September Netherlands – The brakes and gear box of a Belgian tourist bus fail on the downhill slope of the Cauberg, near Valkenburg aan de Geul. The uncontrollable vehicle hits a pedestrian, then a monument and a building. 12 people are killed instantly, 7 (including the pedestrian) die in hospital.[8]
  • France 12 November, island of Reunion – The brakes of a bus fail on the downhill slope of Plateau-Caillou, in Saint-Paul. 54 people are killed, 23 instantly.[9]


  • United States 28 February United States – Prestonsburg, Kentucky bus disaster: A school bus in Floyd County, Kentucky hits a wrecker truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Levisa Fork River. The driver and 26 children die in what remained the worst school bus accident in U.S. history, until the Yuba City bus disaster of 1976.
  • Greece 22 December Greece –: A suburban bus from Ioannina to Chouliarades carrying 34 people (32 passengers, 1 driver, 1 conductor) failed to complete a manoeuvre on the steep road near the village of Petrovouni, Ioannina and subsequently fell down the 350m slope to Arachthos gorge. 29 people of which 7 minors perished in the accident.[10]


  • Germany 20 June Germany – A crowded bus collides with a train on a level crossing in Lauffen am Neckar, West Germany killing 45 people, the worst bus accident in German history.[11]



  • Japan July 24 – A charter bus collides with a regular route bus, the charter bus plunging 270 feet into a valley along the toll road of Mount Hiei, Ōtsu, Shiga, Japan, killing 30 people and injuring another 18.[6]
  • Greece September 14 – A truck struck a suburban bus which subsequently crashed on an olive tree between Athens and Korinth. The accident claimed 11 lives (10 passengers and the driver).[12]


  • United States – December 14. 20 schoolchildren were killed in a bus-train collision two miles east and a mile south of Evans, Colorado. The bus driver had stopped at the rural track but did not see or hear the train arriving. The bus had almost passed over the track when it was struck by the train.[13]



  • New Zealand – February 7 – A bus in Northland Region, New Zealand leaves the road and hits a pole, killing 15 people. This is considered the worst road accident in New Zealand history.[14]
  • Kenya – April 7 Kenya – A bus returning from an African church meeting plunges into the Tiva River, Mitaboni, Machakos, Kenya, killing at least 72 people.[15]
  • United States – June 10 United States – An open truck carrying 49 Boy Scouts and leaders stalls while climbing a hill en route to Hole in the Rock, Utah, loses its brakes, and plunges into Carcass Wash, killing 13 people.[16]


  • Peru January 1 Peru - A Huancayo-Ayacucho regular route bus plunges 300 feet into a ravine of the Mantaro River, Peru, killing 31 people.[17]
  • Mexico January 10 Mexico – A bus carrying Zona Centro soccer players and their families plunges 450 feet into a ravine on the outskirts of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico, killing 19 people and injuring 22.[18]
  • Mexico February 3 Mexico – A regular route bus plunges 300 feet off a cliff along the Mexico-Ciudad Juárez expressway on the outskirts of Zacatecas, Mexico, killing 25 people and injuring 40.[19]
  • Egypt February 10 Egypt – A truck carrying 66 people plunged into a canal on the outskirts of al-Ayyat, Egypt, killing 36 people. The truck driver is arrested on suspicion of driving without a license.[20]
  • Italy February 18 Italy – A Naples-Salerno regular route bus plunges 50 feet into a ravine on the Naples-Pompeii expressway near Mount Vesuvius, Italy, killing 17 people and injuring 60.[21]
  • Egypt November 1 Egypt – A crowded trolley bus plunges into the Nile on the outskirts of Dokki, Giza, Egypt, killing 74 people.[22]
  • Togo December 6 Togo – Two trucks carrying United Nation Peace Keeping Force workers collide at Sotouboua, Togo. Togolese authorities claim 125 people are killed.[23]





  • Philippines June 6 Philippines – A regular route bus navigating a sharp descending curve on a narrow mountain road near Baler, Aurora, Quezon, Philippines, plunges into a ravine and bursts into flames. 40 people are killed and another 32 are injured.[27]
  • Syria June 21 Syria – An overcrowded vehicle carrying 35 workers crashes at Mahradah, Al-Amam, killing 25 people.[28]
  • United States July 18 United States – The Chappaquiddick incident. Although only one person (Mary Jo Kopechne) was killed when a car drove off the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, the crash was notable because the driver was US Senator Ted Kennedy, and a political scandal resulted.
  • Brazil August 2 Brazil – A bus falls from Almas Bridge, 30 meters high, near Belo Horizonte, killing 30 people, the second serious accident in the same place, in less than two years.





  • Philippines February 15 Philippines – A Batangas-Manila Laguna transit bus collided with a truck, and plunged off the road at Barrio Calamba, Lagana, Philippines, in an incident caused by exceed speed, killing 13 people; another 41 are injured.[citation needed]
  • Egypt February 18 Egypt – A crowded bus carrying 90 students overturns and plunges into an irrigation canal at Banha, Kfar Saad, Egypt, killing 77 people.
  • United States March 22 United States – In Congers, New York on Gilchrest Road, five Nyack High School students are killed and 44 injured when a train hits a school bus that failed to stop at a crossing. This incident caused New York State to require school vehicles to stop at all railroad crossings.
  • Netherlands 25 August Netherlands – In a sudden dense fog on highway A16 near Prinsenbeek, many cars and trucks collide. 13 lives are lost in the crash and subsequent fires.[31] After this accident, a fog warning system was installed along the route. Nevertheless, almost 20 years later a similar accident happened.
  • Japan September 23 Japan – According to the National Police Agency of Japan and Japanese Fuji Television, an Akakura-Togakushi regular route bus carrying 82 passengers plunged into a ravine at Shinano, Nagano, Japan. The NPA reports that this road is single lane. 15 people are killed, and another 67 are injured.[6]



  • Brazil 28 July – A crowded bus and a truck collide near Belém, Brazil, killing 69 people.[32]
  • Argentina September 8 Argentina – A bus returning from religious pilgrimage ran off a road and plunged 750 feet into a canyon on the outskirts of Salta Province, Argentina, killing 35 people.


  • Japan January 1 Japan – A charter bus carrying 62 passengers plunged 100 feet into Aoki Lake, Omachi, Nagano, Japan, killing 24 people.[6]
  • Kenya March 1 Kenya – An explosion in a Nairobi-Mombasa regular route bus in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, was blamed on Kenyan People Liberation Front, a terrorist group. 26 people killed, another 60 injured.[citation needed]
  • France April 2 France – A bus carrying French pilgrims plunged 120 feet into the Ramache River along the highway A58, Vizille, Rhône-Alpes, France, killing 28 people, and injuring 17.[citation needed]
  • Italy April 20 Italy – At least 27 vehicles crashed within 15 minutes on the Naples-Caserta expressway Autostrada del Sole on the outskirts of Naples, Italy, killing 11 people and injuring 53.[citation needed]
  • United Kingdom 27 May UK – Dibbles Bridge Coach Crash, England: a bus full of pensioners falls off a bridge near Grassington, North Yorkshire killing 32 people, and injuring 13.[33]
  • Austria June 15 Austria – A bus carrying elderly tourists plunged 120 feet into a ravine on the outskirts of Villach, Carinthia, Austria, killing 21 people and injuring 23.[citation needed]
  • Mexico July 29 Mexico – A bus carrying religious pilgrims plunged 200 feet down the side of mountain before coming to rest. The crash was at Chalma, Veracruz, Mexico, killing 18 people and injuring 30.[citation needed]
  • Costa Rica 13 September – A crowded bus plunges off a cliff in Costa Rica, killing 48 people.



  • Egypt April 3 Egypt – A crowded bus skidded off the road, and plunged into irrigation Kassed Canal where it is parallel to the road at the outskirt of Tanta, Nile Delta, Egypt, killing 19 people.[citation needed]
  • Soviet Union June 9 – A truck crashes into a crowd at a downtown Moscow bus stop, killing eight people and injuring 18.[36]
  • Pakistan July 7 Pakistan. A bus carrying 44 cadets of Pakistan Military Academy, on an excursion, skidded off the road plunging into a 1000 ft deep ravine, near Nathiagali, killing 16 cadets including a Saudi cadet. 28 Cadets were injured seriously along with their Platoon Commander Major Shujjat (a war Hero); they were rescued by cadets of the Pakistan Airforce and civilians including the famous actress Neelo.
  • Japan August 11 Japan – According to the Japanese National Police Agency and NHK television, a charter bus plunged 120 feet into a ravine at Nagatoro bridge, Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, killing 11 people; another 39 are injured.[6]


  • Thailand January 1 Thailand – A truck carrying many passengers collided head-on with a bus on the outskirts of Nong Bua Daeng, Chaiyaphum, Thailand, killing 25 people; another 86 are injured.[citation needed]
  • Colombia January 3 Colombia – A Villavicencio-Bogotá regular route bus plunged 130 feet off a cliff on the outskirts of Quetame, Oriente, Colombia, killing 30 people; another 16 are injured.[citation needed]
  • Poland January 22 Poland – A truck with steel elements collided with crowded bus of PKS (Polish Road Transport) - killed 15 people and seriously injured 14.[37]
  • Brazil March 9 Brazil – A Brasília-São Paulo regular route bus collided with a gasoline tank truck on the Faria Lima expressway near Barretos in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The bus driver swerved and lost control, and the vehicle burst into flames, killing 19. Another five are injured.[citation needed]
  • Spain July 11 Spain – Los Alfaques Disaster: in Sant Carles de la Ràpita, a tank truck containing 45 m³ of liquefied propylene leaves the road and veers into the Los Alfaques camping site after colliding with a building. The resulting fire ball is more than 100 meters in diameter and kills at least 215 people (some sources speak of 216 or even 270), and injures 200 people.[38]
  • Canada 4 August Canada – A bus carrying mentally handicapped people plunges into a lake in Eastman, Quebec, Canada killing 40 people. Only seven people survive.[39]
  • Poland November 15 Poland – Two buses of PKS (Polish Road Transport) with miners going to work plunged into the river Jezioro Żywieckie near Żywiec, killing 30 miners, one woman and two drivers.[40]


  • Argentina January 15. Argentina – In the town of Castelli, Buenos Aires Province a serious collision occurs between two bus passengers. Causing 33 dead and 54 wounded.




  • India January 3 India – A passenger bus skidded and plunged 200-feet down into a ravine at outskirt of Galhar, Indian state of Kashmir, killing 17 people and injuring 18.[citation needed]
  • Venezuela February 12 Venezuela – A crowded bus, heavy truck, a small vehicle and many vehicles collide at Barquisimeto, Venezuela, killing 36 people and injuring 31.[citation needed]
  • Nicaragua April 9 Nicaragua –; An Nicaraguan Army's jeep and head-on collided with a regular route bus at outskirt of Estelí, Nicaragua, killing twenty people and injuring forty.[citation needed]
  • India April 14 India – A bus carrying Hindu pilgrims swerved to the left of the road, and navigating a turn with brakes failed, caught fire at Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh, India, killing 61 people.[citation needed]
  • India July 7 India – A bus skidded off the road and plunged into a deep gorge at outskirt of Kawanpui, Mizoram, India, killing 32 people and injuring 19.[citation needed]
  • Pakistan June 14 Pakistan – A bus plunged 300-feet into a ravine at Kohat Pass, Kohat, Pakistan, killing 23 people and injuring 25.[citation needed]
  • India August 12 India – An Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation regular route bus plunged into a 450-feet deep ravine along a mountain road in Pithorgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India, killing 43 people.[citation needed]
  • Brazil September 9 Brazil – A truck rammed a bus on an acute curve and forced it over a 330-foot cliff near Santos, state of São Paulo, Brazil, killing 29 people and injuring 14.[citation needed]
  • Spain September 29 Spain – A head-on collision of a bus and a truck in Toledo province, Spain, kills at least 25 people.[45]
  • India October 14 India – A public bus plunged into foothills at outskirt of Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India, killing 40 people and injuring 45.[citation needed]


  • Bangladesh January 21 Bangladesh – An overcrowded bus swerves to avoid a speeding truck and plunges nine meters off a bridge at Narayanganj, Isa Khan, Bangladesh, killing at least 28 people; another 40 are injured.[citation needed]
  • Chile 31 January Chile – Two buses collide and plunge into a gorge on the outskirts of Santiago, Chile, killing 14 people and injuring 70.[46]
  • Mexico March 27 Mexico – A Toluca-Mexico City Passenger bus head-on collided with a trailer truck at outskirt of Mexico City, in an incident caused by condition of rain with narrow road, at least twenty-eight people dead and injuring 32.[citation needed]
  • France 1 August France – Two buses carrying children collide with cars and burst into flames in Beaune, France, killing 53 people, including 44 children. Worst highway crash in France.[47]
  • Hungary September 9 – An express train collided with a bus at outskirt of Szekesfehervar, Fejér County, Hungary, killing at least sixteen passengers.[citation needed]
  • Switzerland 12 September – A bus carrying German tourists collides with a train on a level crossing near Zürich, Switzerland, killing 39 people. The barriers were not closed, because the operator pressed a wrong button. Only two passengers survive the crash. It is the worst road accident in Switzerland to date.[48]
  • Monaco 13 September Monaco – Grace, Princess of Monaco drove her Rover P6 off of a serpentine roadway and down a mountainside, perhaps after suffering a stroke. She died the next day.
  • Afghanistan 3 November – Hundreds are allegedly killed in the Salang tunnel fire in central Afghanistan, after a disaster involving a Soviet fuel convoy. Estimates are as great as 2,700 dead.
  • India November 25 India – An overloaded truck spun out of control and flipped over near Kaitanol, Karnataka, India, killing at least 18 people and injuring 14.[citation needed]
  • Bangladesh December 26 – A passenger bus plunged into a river at Brahmanbari, Bangladesh, at least forty-five people dead and eighty injured.[citation needed]



  • Greece February 11 – A Salonica-Athens express bus head-on collided with a truck at outskirt of Amfikleia, Phthiotis, Greece, in an incident caused by both vehicles exceeding the speed limit, killing seventeen people and injuring ten.[citation needed]
  • Turkey February 13 – A passenger bus head on collided with a truck, when driver trying to pass a car at outskirt of Şanlıurfa, Turkey, killing twenty people and injuring ten.[citation needed]
  • Peru March 2 – A charter bus plunged off mountainous highway into Mantaro River, Jauja, Junín Region, Peru, killing thirty people.[citation needed]
  • Thailand November 1 – A bus collides with a motorcycle and hits a second bus 370 miles northeast of Bangkok, Thailand, killing 21 people and injuring 40.[50]
  • Colombia December 4 – A regular route bus crashed into a utility pole and caught fire on the outskirts of Bogotá, Colombia, in an incident caused by technical problems and excessive speed, killing 21 people. Another five people are injured.[citation needed]


  • India January 30 India – A Paonta Sahib-Nangai regular route bus plunged 14 feet into a canal and sank at the Sarsa Bridge on the outskirts of Rapar, Punjab of India, killing 80 people.[citation needed]
  • India August 1 India – A bus carrying local government employees plunged into a canal after its right front tire burst. The crash, on the outskirts of Ingraj Bazar, West Bengal, India, killed 40 people.[citation needed]
  • Pakistan August 1 – A bus skidded on a wet road, lost control and plunged into the Indus River on the Karakoram Highway, Baiji Sharif, northern Pakistan, killing 27 people.[citation needed]
  • Nepal August 26 – A bus slipped and plunged into a 13-feet deep irrigation canal near Salkot, Nepal, killing 25 people.[citation needed]
  • India September 5 – A bus carrying 50 passengers plunged into a 3,300-foot-deep (1,000 m) gorge near Shillong, Meghalaya, India, in an incident caused by the driver losing control on an acute curve with dense fog. 29 people are killed, and another 25 are injured.[citation needed]
  • India September 24 – A bus plunges into a gorge in Uttar Pradesh, India, killing 42 people and injuring 15.[51]
  • Argentina October 31. Argentina – The collision of a commuter train with a passenger bus during the morning hours in the city of Buenos Aires causes a tragedy, 48 people die and 15 others injured. is the worst accident involving a train and a bus in Argentina.
  • Turkey November 25 – A bus returning from the shore of the Black Sea collided with a lorry in dense fog at northern Cankiri, Turkey, at least thirty people dead and injuring twenty-four.[citation needed]
  • Mexico December 23 – An overcrowded passenger bus plunged off an expressway at Apaseo Grande, Guanjuato, Mexico, at least twenty-two people dead and injuring thirty-five.[citation needed]
  • South Africa December 24 – An overcrowded bus with ninety passengers skidded off a steep bank on Wapadsberg Mountain, Craddock-Graaff Region, Eastern Cape, South Africa, at least 42 people dead and injuring 25.[citation needed]




  • Brazil January 4 Brazil – A bus carrying workers head-on collided with a truck carrying tomatoes at Itapetininga, state of São Paulo, Brazil, killing fifteen people and injuring eleven.[citation needed]
  • Chile January 21 Chile – A truck and a bus collide near Temuco, Chile, killing 43 people.
  • Nigeria February 23 Nigeria – A bus carrying a wedding party skidded off an express way at outskirt of Nsukka, Anambra State, Nigeria, killing 35 people.[citation needed]
  • China 29 March China – A bus plunges off a cliff in Shaanxi, China, killing 19 people and injuring 28.[57]
  • Thailand May 6 Thailand – A bus carrying university students and teachers rammed into the side of a mountain near Kanchanaburi, Sri Sawat, Thailand, killing 20 people and injuring 27.[citation needed]
  • Germany July 7 Germany – A tank truck carrying gasoline crash and hit ice-cream parlor at Herborn, Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Hesse, Germany, killing six people and injuring 29.[citation needed]
  • Brazil July 26 Brazil – A drunk bus driver crashes his bus against another bus, in highway BR-040, near Belo Horizonte, killing 69 people, the worst road accident to date in Brazil.
  • India July 30 India – A regular route bus into Yanto canal at outskirt of Dakpatthar, Uttar Pradesh, India, killing 39 people.[citation needed]
  • Sudan October 20 – A bus veered into a high-voltage power pole and caught fire after colliding with another bus at Al-Kufaytah, Nahr-an-nil, Sudan, killing 64 people.[citation needed]
  • United Kingdom 28 October UK – A diesel tank truck collides with stationary traffic on the M61 motorway near Preston, Lancashire, killing 12 people and injuring 6.[citation needed]
  • Egypt December 11 Egypt – A bus carrying local primary school children returning from the Guiza zoo was smashed by a fast-speed train at an unmarked railroad level crossing at Ein Sham, on the outskirts Cairo, Egypt, killing 62 children and injuring 67.[58]
  • Algeria December 27 Algeria – A passenger bus and two trucks carrying illegal passengers collided near Bouandas, Sétif, Algeria, killing 32 people and injuring 19.[citation needed]





  • Republic of Ireland 26 January Ireland. Eight People died and five more injured when a tree crashes onto a mini bus during the Burns Day storm. It was the worst incident of a storm that killed 97 people across Western Europe and the British Isles.
  • Malaysia 28 February Malaysia – 17 people including 11 Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) riot police personal were killed in a collision between FRU riot police vehicles, tanker lorry, passenger bus and 10 cars on the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway, Malaysia.
  • United States 20 March United States – Whilst on tour, a semi trailer rammed into a tour bus containing singer Gloria Estefan, husband Emilio, their son and three other passengers at Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, severely injuring Gloria. Following extensive surgery, she returned to an international tour ten months after the accident.[62][63]
  • Cuba 22 April Cuba – Two buses collide in Havana, Cuba, killing 11 people and seriously injuring 13.[64]
  • France June 3 France – A Shropshire based double-decker coach bus suffered a blowout of the front tyre on the autoroute A6 near Auxerre when it was 20 mph in excess of the speed limit, causing the 76-seat coach to crash, killing 11 people and injuring 61 British tourists, all returning from Costa Brava. This resulted in a legal action against Avon Rubber, manufacturer of the tyre of the crash coach, its driver and his employer; resulting in the longest legal case in France[65]
  • Soviet Union 8 July USSR – A bus ignores a barrier at a railroad crossing and collides with a passenger train near Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia, killing 27 people (34 according to unofficial sources) and injuring 24. The bus driver is injured slightly.[66]
  • Indonesia September 20 – A mini-van skidded on the slippery road rammed inter-city bus exceeded speed and plunged off the road, and another inter-city bus hit into disaster site with rescuers working at outskirt of Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 33 people and injuring 17.[citation needed]
  • Thailand September 24 – A truck carrying two unsecured 20,000-liter liquefied petroleum gas tanks overturned on New Phetchaburi Road, downtown Bangkok, Thailand. The explosions and resulting fires consumed 43 vehicles and many buildings in the area, killing 59 people and injuring 89.[67]
  • South Korea November 4 – A bus carrying former president Chun Doo-hwan devotees hit by truck and plunged Koonchook bridge, Soyang, Gangwon-do, South Korea, killing 21 people, another injuring are 21.[citation needed]
  • Canada July 26, 1990 Canada – A British Columbia Bus carrying a dance troop to the Okanagon Peach Festival was in a terrible accident through the Rogers Pass, British Columbia. Transport truck lost its steel load, impacting the dance troop charter, killing the driver instantly as well as many young dancers and adults. The bus driver drove the bus into the embankment of rock rather than over the side of a cliff, saving the remainder of the people on the bus.
  • Netherlands 9 November Netherlands – Almost at the same spot and with the same cause of the August 25, 1972 accident: in sudden dense fog on highway A16 west of Breda, several cars and trucks collide in a huge pile-up. 10 people die and 28 are injured.[68]
  • Soviet Union November 10 USSR – A bus collided passenger train and crushed at outskirt of Sverdlovsk, Yarnal Nenets Oblast, Russia, killing 16 people, another 13 are injured.[citation needed]
  • Soviet Union 22 November USSR – A bus ignores a red light and collides with a train at a railroad crossing in Donetsk, Ukraine, killing 19 people and wounding 13, though the bus driver is not injured.
  • United States December 11 United States – A 99 car pile-up due to fog on Interstate 75 near Calhoun, Tennessee results in 12 deaths and 42 injured.[69]
  • India December 2 India – A bus carrying wedding party plunged down a ravine at outskirt of Nainital, Uttar Pradesh, India, killing 30 people, another 20 are injured.[citation needed]
  • Soviet Union 30 December USSR – 56 people die in a collision involving a bus, truck and car on a highway between Voronezh and Rostov-on-Don in southwestern Russia.



  • Bangladesh March 1 Bangladesh – A regular route bus with 100 passengers vaulted into a road side creek at outskirt of Jaldhalca, Nilphamari District, Bangladesh, killing 25 people.[citation needed]
  • China April 3 – A regular route bus with eighty passengers exploded and caught fire, and passengers jumping from out of window, because of broke open a door at outskirt of Yiyang, Hunan, China, killing 55 people.[citation needed]
  • South Africa April 12 South Africa – A bus carrying seventy school children ripped apart, after crashing into Buffalo River bridge, Dundee, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, killing 33 people.[citation needed]
  • Argentina April 18 Argentina – A Buenos Aires-Mar del Plata regular route bus smashed with three vehicles and foggy condition at outskirt of Mar del Plata, Argentina, killing 32 people and injuring 40.
  • Spain 19 August – A bus falls down an embankment on the A7 highway in Spain, killing 45 and injuring 11.[75]
  • Germany 6 September Germany – Near Donaueschingen in the Black Forest, a bus collides into a passenger car and is slit open by a crash barrier. 21 people die, 32 are injured seriously.[48]
  • Nepal September 27 Nepal – A truck plunged 450 feet below at outskirt of Dhankuta, Nepal, killing 21 people.[citation needed]
  • Hungary September 27 Hungary – A minibus carrying German travellers collided with local train crossing at Agárd, Hungary, killing 16 people, another three are injured.[citation needed]
  • Brazil October 9 Brazil – A bus carrying October Revelers entertainment group drove off a mountain road and plunged down cliff at outskirt of Sao Luis do Puruna, Parana, Brazil, killing 34 people.[citation needed]


  • Argentina 9 January Argentina – Three buses collide and ignite on a highway in Santo Tomé, Corrientes, Argentina, killing 55 people and injuring 70.[76]
  • Bulgaria April 7 – AT least 29 people were killed and 18 injured when a Turkish coach fell from a bridge into the Yantra River near Byala, after colliding with a lorry. Another heavy Turkish lorry slammed into a crane set up on the bridge to lift the wreckage out of the water.[77][78]
  • Thailand April 30 – A passenger train hit a bus carrying children of Shergli Primary schools at unguarded railroad crossing at Phutthamonthon, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, killing 36 people including 28 children.[citation needed]
  • Russia May 13 Russia – A Sogratl-Makhachkala regular route bus plunged into 260-feet george at outskirt of Gunib, Caucasus Mountains area, Dagestan, Russia, killing 25 people.[citation needed]
  • Peru May 27 Peru – A bus carrying Santiago de Chocorvos Conference business owners plunged 160-feet from road near foothill at outskirt of Ica, Peru, in an incident caused by mechanical failure, killing 21 people and injuring eleven.[citation needed]
  • Indonesia July 24 Indonesia – A Surabaya-Pandanwangi passenger train rammed into an intercity bus an unguarded railroad crossing, and a bus dragged for eighty-yard before the train halted at Jombang, West Java, Indonesia, killing fifteen people and injuring twenty.[citation needed]
  • Kenya October 3 Kenya – A multipile road disaster, including a passenger bus, truck and many vehicles are crashed at Nakuru-Eldoret road, Nakuru, Kenya, killing 35 people and injuring 41.[citation needed]
  • France 10 November – A fiery pile-up on autoroute A10 near Mirambeau, France leaves 15 people dead and 53 injured.[79]
  • United Kingdom 17 November UK – The M40 minibus crash leaves 12 children dead when their minibus collides with a maintenance vehicle near Warwick, England, causing new road security campaigns.
  • Brazil December 27 Brazil – An overloaded Curitiba-Porto Alegre regular route bus collided with sports car and plunged into a ravine at outskirt of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil, killing 41 people, another 79 are injured.[citation needed]





  • Egypt January 14 — A crowded city bus plunges into the Nile in Cairo, Egypt, killing 39 people and injuring 24.[82]
  • India January 19 — A bus plunges into a river after losing control on a curvy road in Punjab, India, killing 29 people and injuring 12.[83]
  • Philippines February 28 - 9 people killed on the spot and 36 injured when two buses owned and managed by Rural Transit Inc. of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines skidded and smashed each other at Barangay Tubigan, Initao, Misamis Orinetal.
  • United Kingdom 10 March — 3 people killed and 60 injured in 160 vehicle collision on the M42 motorway due to fog.[84][85]
  • India May 8 — A truck carrying local wedding couples and families are plunged by lost control with overturned at Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India, killing 70 people, another 8 are injured.[citation needed]
  • Turkey October 24 — 48 people, most of whom were university students, killed in a collision of an empty gasoline tanker truck and a passenger bus in Karapınar on Konya-Ereğli motorway. The passengers were trapped in the bus when both vehicles got aflame. The accident led to wide debate on fire-safety standards of passenger buses.
  • India November 19 — An overloaded school bus skidded of a bridge and plunged into the Yamuna River near the outskirts of New Delhi, India. The accident resulted in 29 deaths and injuries to around 60 passengers.[citation needed]
  • India November 27 — At least 34 people drowned when their bus fell into a canal in Karnataka.[87]
  • Rwanda December 8 — Twenty-two people were killed when a lorry collided with a minibus in central Rwanda.[88]


  • India January 2 — Six people were killed and two others were seriously injured when a bus and a jeep collided in state of Rajasthan [89]
  • Zimbabwe January 5 — 43 people were killed and more than 60 seriously injured when a bus plunged down a steep slope in Nyanga district, after the brakes of a bus failed.[90]
  • Kenya January 7 — A Meru-Nairobi Kenyan Bus Service regular route bus lost control of the vehicle and plummeted down 100-feet embankment into Nithi river, Kenya, killing 58 people, another 42 are injured.[91]
  • Saudi Arabia March 9 — At least 16 killed and 6 missing after their bus plunged into a flooded river in the mountainous.[92]
  • South Africa April 15 — A school bus is involved in a five-vehicle collision near Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, killing 31 people, including 27 children.[93]
  • Tanzania May 5 — At least 72 people drowned on Monday when the bus they were travelling in was swept into a river in Tanga Region.[95]
  • India July 15 — At least 45 killed when a bus has plunged several hundred feet into a river in Arunachal Pradesh.[96]
  • South Africa July 27 — At least 19 killed including 2 children and 60 injured in a bus crash on Sunday.[97]
  • Montenegro August 12 — A bus has crashed down a ravine in Montenegro and killed at least 18.[98]
  • India August 26 — At least 17 people have been killed when a bus hit a tractor trailer in Uttar Pradesh.[99]
  • Nepal August 30 — At least 21 people were killed when a bus they were travelling in left the road and crashed down a hillside in western Nepal.[100]
  • Morocco August 31 — A pickup truck carrying attending wedding couples and families head-on collide with another truck at El Jadida, Assabah, Morocco, killing at least 20 people.[citation needed]
  • Turkmenistan September 20 — About 40 killed in bus-train collision in Turkmenistan.[102]
  • Peru September 27 — At least 23 people died and 18 injured when a bus fell off a cliff near the southern town of Mayoc.[103]
  • India November 11 — At least 40 people were killed when a bus plunged down a mountain gorge in Arunachal Pradesh.[104]
  • India December 14 — At least 19 people were killed and 35 injured when a bus fell into a gorge in the Pithoragarh district.[105]
  • Turkey December 23 — An Ankara-Samsun regular route bus head-on collided with a fuel truck and burning both vehicle at outskirt of Samsun, northern Turkey, killing 11 people and injuring ten.[citation needed]
  • South Africa December 23 — At least 21 people killed when a bus collided with a large truck.[106]
  • India December 25 — At least 19 people killed in Andhra Pradesh when a bus crashed into a train.[107]
  • United States December 31 — 100 cars crashed on an ice-slicked section of Interstate-75 in central Michigan, killing one and injuring 39.[108]


  • Georgia (country) January 9 — A bus carrying funeral mourners ran off the road and plunged into a river below of 750 feet at outskirt of Kazbegi, Khevi, Georgia, killing 38 people.[109]
  • Philippines January 21 — At least 22 killed when a bus fell into a ravine near the town of Baguio on Wednesday night.[110]
  • South Africa January 31 — At least 31 killed when a bus plundged off a bridge.[112]
  • Greece 30 April — A small vehicle collides with a stopped tanker truck loaded with propane and starts a fire near Kamena Vourla, Fthiotis. A huge explosion follows several minutes later killing 5 people and injuring 14.[113]
  • Argentina May 21 — A truck and a bus are involved in a crash in the town of San Luis Province. Is the worst disaster in the history of the province, killed 21 people and 4 other survivors
  • Austria May 29 — 12 people killed and 50 injured in a collision and fire in Tauern Tunnel in Austria.
  • Kenya June 6 - At least 8 people died on Saturday after a bus burst a tyre and overturned at Naivasha on the main Nairobi to Nakuru highway, in another accident 12 were killed when the bus collided with another vehicle.[115]
  • India June 8 — At least 94 killed including 11 children after a bus plunged into a lake in Karnataka.[116]
  • India July 18 — A Kiari-Shimla HRTC regular route bus carrying 90 passengers aboard plunged into 40-feet deep gorge at outskirt of Baghar, Himachal Pradesh, India, killing 18 people, another 55 are injured.[117]
  • Argentina August 11 — An attack on a passenger bus in the town of Fighiera in the Santa Fe Province causes a strong fire. 13 people dead and 5 injured.
  • Canada 3 September — Dense fog on Highway 401 near Windsor, Ontario reduces visibility to less than a meter (3 ft) and causes an 87-vehicle pileup and fire that kills 8 people and injures 33. Many vehicles are fused together by the intense heat.[119]
  • China September 14 — A long distance regular route bus overturned and plunged into canyon at outskirt of Kaijiang, Dazhou, Sichuan, China, killing 46 people, another 9 are injured.[citation needed]
  • Peru September 16 — Two road accidents in Peru involving buses have killed at least 16 people and injured 48 others.[120]
  • Spain September 19 — At least 20 people have died in a bus accident.[121]
  • South Africa September 22 — At least 11 people have been killed in South Africa in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck.[122]
  • South Africa October 4 — At least 19 people have been killed and 47 seriously injured after a bus crashed down a river embankment.[123]
  • Indonesia October 5 — At least 45 people have been killed in a bus crash in the Indonesian province of West Java.[124]
  • Israel October 9 — A tourbus in Galilee, Israel, hits slick spot on road, rolls downhill; 17 killed.[125]
  • India October 25 — A bus swerved to avoid hitting a cow and skidded off a mountain road into a deep gorge, killing 27 and injuring 47 on the way home from a temple in Northern India in Hoshiarpur district, 70 miles northeast of Amritsar.[126]
  • Nigeria November 19 — A commuter bus collided with many vehicles, include truck, bus at Lagos-Kano expressway at outskirt of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. Aftermath, a bus caught fire on impact. This accident killed 22 people, another 16 are injured.[citation needed]

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