At least 38 people have been killed and 87 injured in a collision between two buses in Senegal. The fire service announced this today.
The accident occurred last night at 3:15 a.m. local time (4:15 a.m. BST) near the town of Cavrin, about 250 kilometers southeast of the capital Dakar. The wounded were taken to Kaverin Hospital. Buses have been withdrawn and the road has been opened to traffic.
According to Koalak’s lawyer, the initial results will show that the public transport bus suffered an explosion, swerved as a result and collided with a bus traveling in the opposite direction.
The West African country’s president, Macky Sall, spoke of the 40 deaths in a tweet. The head of state said he was shocked and declared three days of national mourning, starting tomorrow. In the afternoon he would visit the scene of the accident. Sall also announced that a cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow on possible measures to improve safety on roads and public transport.
Bus accidents are common in Africa due to poor vehicle maintenance, bad roads and inappropriate driving behaviour. Many drivers also bought their driver’s license illegally without attending a driving school. However, this incident is the deadliest in Senegal in recent years.
There were two similar incidents just last week. At least 14 people were killed in a collision between two buses in Ivory Coast and 18 people were killed in a collision between a bus and a truck in Nigeria.
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