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38 dead in a bus accident in Senegal



DAKAR — At least 38 people were killed and dozens injured in a bus crash in central Senegal on Sunday morning, officials said, marking one of the deadliest crashes in the West African country these last years.

President Macky Sall declared three days of mourning following the accident near Kaffrine, saying in a tweet that he was “deeply saddened by the tragic road accident”. Sall tweeted that a meeting between ministers will be held on Monday to “take firm action” on road safety and public transport.

“There is a lot of sadness and a lot of pain,” said Abdou Khadre Counta, a teacher from Kaffrine who said his neighbor was killed in the accident as she was on her way to help with a wedding ceremony. “We call on our authorities to take the necessary measures to prevent this from happening again.”

Bounama Diarra said he woke up to find his older sister, who he said had been “like a mother” to him, was among those who died. Diarra said her older sister was traveling with her daughter, whose leg was broken, and her four-month-old grandson, who was also killed in the crash.

“I am deeply shocked, completely upset,” said Diarra, who walked to the hospital after receiving the call.

He said he wanted his sister to be remembered as someone who was widely loved and who loved everyone back, a devout Muslim who “always smiled”. The government, he said, must take action to control bus speeds.

Videos and pictures from the scene showed two mangled white buses that had collided, stopping traffic. Senegal’s attorney general, Cheikh Dieng, said the crash appeared to have been caused by a tire bursting on one of the buses, AFP reported, causing him to crash into an oncoming bus. reverse.

Officials said the crash happened around 3:15 a.m. As many as 87 victims, they said, were taken to hospital.

Mamadou Touré in Dakar contributed to this report.

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