40 killed in Senegal bus catastrophe

DAKAR: Forty folks have been killed and 85 have been injured when two buses crashed in a head-on collision in a single day on an arterial street in Senegal‘s central Kaffrine area, the federal government mentioned on Sunday.
Photographs of the incident confirmed the fully mangled entrance finish of a white bus, with blood-flecked seats, private objects and a shoe strewn across the tree-lined crash web site.
Highway accidents are frequent in Senegal, largely due to driver error, poor roads and decrepit automobiles, say consultants, however the newest catastrophe has precipitated one of many heaviest losses of life from a single incident in recent times.
In a press release, the federal government introduced three days of nationwide mourning starting Monday, with flags to be flown at half-mast all through the nation.
President Macky Sall will go to the crash web site simply outdoors of the village of Sikilo on Sunday, it mentioned.
“In view of this tragedy, the pinnacle of state extends his deepest condolences to the households of the victims and desires a speedy restoration to the injured,” the federal government mentioned.
Public prosecutor, Cheikh Dieng, mentioned in a press release that early investigations instructed a public passenger bus suffered a burst tyre and swerved astray.
It then crashed “head-on with one other bus coming from the wrong way”, he mentioned.
The assertion mentioned the incident occurred round 0330 GMT.
It’s “a tragic accident”, Kaffrine mayor Abdoulaye Saidu Sow, who can also be the Minister of Urbanism, instructed AFP.
Talking from Kaffrine, he mentioned President Sall can be joined there by the prime minister and a number of other different ministers on Sunday.
Opposition politician Ousmane Sonko introduced on Twitter that he would postpone a scheduled fundraising program in mild of the accident.
“We bow earlier than the reminiscence of the deceased, provide our very honest condolences to their grieving family members and to all Senegalese and pray for the merciful remainder of their souls in addition to a speedy restoration for the injured”, he mentioned.
Colonel Cheikh Fall, who heads operations for the Nationwide Fireplace Brigade, instructed AFP the victims have been taken to a hospital and medical centre in Kaffrine.
The wreckage has since been cleared and regular visitors has resumed on the street, he mentioned.
The governor and native officers have visited the scene, he added.
In a tweet, President Sall mentioned that after the interval of nationwide mourning completed, a authorities council will probably be held to “take agency measures on street security”.
In October 2020, a minimum of 16 folks have been killed and 15 extra injured when a bus collided with a refrigerated lorry in western Senegal.
The bus, with a 60-seat capability, was heading to Rosso close to the border with Mauritania, the hearth brigade mentioned, including that the variety of folks onboard was unknown.
Native media mentioned on the time that the truck was hauling fish to Dakar.

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