DAKAR, Senegal — At least 40 folks had been killed and dozens injured in a bus crash in central Senegal, the nation’s president mentioned Sunday.
President Macky Sall tweeted that the collision 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,” mentioned Sall.
He declared three days of mourning beginning Monday and mentioned he’ll maintain an inter-ministerial council to debate highway security measures.
Public prosecutor Cheikh Dieng mentioned the crash occurred on National Road No. 1 when a public bus punctured a tire and veered throughout the highway, colliding with one other bus coming from the other way. At least 78 individuals are injured, a few of them critically, he mentioned.
Images of the crash on social media present the broken buses rammed into one another and a path of particles alongside the highway.
Traffic crashes occur recurrently within the West African nation due to poor roads, unhealthy vehicles and drivers not adhering to the principles, locals say.
In 2017, a minimum of 25 folks had been killed when two buses additionally crashed. Many of these folks had been heading towards the central city of Touba for the annual Muslim pilgrimage.