February 4, 2023

Dakar: At least 38 people were killed and 80 others injured in central Senegal after two buses collided early Sunday, local officials and President Macky Sall said in remarks.

The accident occurred on one of the main east-west arteries near the city of Kaffrine, some 220 kilometers southeast of the capital Dakar.

Sall said on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened” by the accident and announced three days of mourning starting Monday.

The accident occurred after the tire of a passenger bus blew out, sending it into the path of another bus coming from the opposite direction, said a statement from the area’s local prosecutor.

Images of the scene shared online showed two white buses, their smashed fronts interlocking. Rubble was strewn across the narrow path.

Traffic accidents are common in Senegal, where large trucks and buses, often decades old, overloaded and wobbling, tumble down two-lane roads rutted and rutted from overuse.

In 2017, two buses collided, killing 25 people, including some on their way to a religious festival.


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