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Rangoon mayor’s grandson dies in car accident

Rangoon (Mizzima) – The baby grandson of the Rangoon mayor died on Saturday after his parents’ car overturned following a tyre blowout on Naypyidaw Highway, according to a source. 

Sixteen-month-old Sak Naing Lin, also known as Pho Ti Lone, died at Mingaladon Hospital No. 1 at around 7 p.m. on Saturday. His cremation was held at noon today at Yayway Cemetery. 

Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Lin’s son and daughter-in-law, Captain Zaw Zaw Aung and Khin Swe Ye, were seriously injured and are receiving medical treatment at Army Hospital No. 1.   

Zaw Zaw Aung, who has rib, leg and arm fractures, facial lacerations and eye injuries, attended to the funeral in a wheelchair, an employee from the Rangoon City Development Committee told Mizzima.

He and his family were returning home to Rangoon on the Naypyidaw Highway when one of his car tyres suffered a blowout, causing the vehicle to overturn. The mayor of Rangoon and his wife Dr. Khin San New were travelling in a separate car. 

The eight-lane, 200-mile (323.2 kilometre) Rangoon-Naypyidaw Highway directly links Naypyidaw and Rangoon Yangon, and is part of the 350-mile Rangoon-Naypyidaw-Mandalay Highway. 

Drivers have reported numerous difficulties using the road, citing a cement surface hard on tyres, few service stations for repairs, lack of water for overheated engines, poor lighting, and even land mines. Some have been forced to sleep beside the road after blowouts. Some of the first of road’s users reported the unique hazard of wild elephants crossing at night.


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