Dozens killed after buses collide in central Senegal

January 9, 2023 12:05 pm

[Source: Aljazeera]

At least 40 people have been killed and 87 injured after two buses collided near Kaffrine in central Senegal.

The accident occurred on the Number 1 national road at 3:15 am (03:15 GMT) on Sunday.

President Macky Sall said 40 people were killed in the “grave” accident and announced three days of national mourning.

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The bus, with a 60-seat capacity, was heading to Rosso near the border with Mauritania, the fire brigade said, adding that the number of people onboard was unknown.

Victims were taken to a hospital and medical centre in Kaffrine, he said. The wreckage and demolished buses have since been cleared and normal traffic has resumed, said Fall.

Public prosecutor, Cheikh Dieng, said early investigations suggested that the accident happened when “a bus assigned to the public transport of passengers, following the bursting of a tyre, left its trajectory before colliding head-on with another bus coming in the opposite direction”.

According to experts, this is one of the heaviest death tolls from a single incident in recent years in a country where road accidents are common largely because of a lack of driver discipline, poor roads and decrepit vehicles.

In October 2020, at least 16 people were killed and 15 more injured when a bus collided with a refrigerated lorry in western Senegal. Local media said that the lorry was hauling fish to Dakar.