40 People Killed, Dozens Injured In Senegal Bus Crash

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Not less than 40 individuals had been killed and dozens injured in a bus crash in central Senegal, the nation’s president stated Sunday.

President Macky Sall stated in a tweet that the accident occurred in Gnivy village, within the Kaffrine area, at about 3:30 a.m.

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic road accident today in Gniby causing 40 deaths and many serious injuries. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” stated Sall.

He declared three days of mourning beginning Monday and stated he’ll maintain an inter-ministerial council to debate highway security measures.

The bus collided with a second bus after one of many automobiles veered off the highway from a punctured tire, a neighborhood public prosecutor stated.

CHEIKH DIENG through Getty Photos

Public prosecutor Cheikh Dieng stated the crash occurred on Nationwide Street No. 1 when a public bus punctured a tire and veered throughout the highway, colliding with one other bus coming from the other way. Not less than 78 individuals are injured a few of them significantly, he stated.

Photos of the crash on social media present the broken buses rammed into one another and a path of particles alongside the highway.

Motor accidents occur often within the West African nation because of poor roads, dangerous vehicles and drivers not adhering to the principles, say locals.

In 2017, at the least 25 individuals had been killed when two buses additionally crashed. Lots of these individuals had been heading towards the central city of Touba for the annual Muslim pilgrimage.