Collision between two buses leaves 38 dead and 87 injured

Forty people were killed and 87 injured in a collision between two buses in Senegal, firefighters said on Sunday.

The accident took place on the night of Saturday to Sunday, at 03:15 local time (01:15 GMT), near the town of Kaffrine, about 250 km southeast of the capital Dakar, according to a press release from the National Brigade of firefighters.

The victims were transported to Kaffrine hospital, the carcasses of the buses cleared and the road reopened to traffic, according to the firefighters. The governor and the prefect had gone to the scene.

Bus accidents are frequent in Africa, due to poor vehicle maintenance, bad roads but also driving errors, many motorists being holders of permits bought from corrupt inspectors, without having ever attended driving school.

However, it is the deadliest accident in Senegal in recent years. As a result of this tragic accident, the President of the Republic Macky Sall decreed a three-day national mourning, starting Monday, January 9.

“Following today’s serious accident in Gniby which caused 40 deaths, I have decided on a three-day national mourning from January 9,” wrote the Head of State on his twitter account.

“An interministerial council will be held on the same date to take firm measures on road safety and public passenger transport,” he said.

“I am deeply saddened by this tragic road accident and I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” continued Macky Sall.

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