40 People Dead, Dozens Injured in Bus Tragedy in Senegal: According to the president of Senegal, a bus accident in the country’s center resulted in at least 40 fatalities and several injuries. The tragedy occurred in the Kaffrine region’s Gnivy village at around 3:30 in the morning, according to President Macky Sall in a tweet.
Suite au grave accident de ce jour à Gniby ayant causé 40 morts, j’ai décidé d’un deuil national de 3 jours à compter du 9 janvier. Un conseil interministériel se tiendra à la même date pour la prise de mesures fermes sur la sécurité routière et le transport public des voyageurs.
— Macky Sall (@Macky_Sall) January 8, 2023
“The horrific road accident that occurred today in Gniby, resulting in 40 fatalities and numerous critical injuries, truly saddens me. I send my sincere condolences to the victims’ families and hope the injured have a quick recovery, added Sall.
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In addition to saying he would hold an inter-ministerial group to consider improving road safety, he declared three days of mourning beginning on Monday. According to public prosecutor Cheikh Dieng, a public bus punctured a tire and drove over the road, crashing into another bus traveling in the other direction.
According to him, at least 78 individuals have been hurt, some of them critically. Social media images from the incident show the damaged buses colliding with one another and a path of debris along the route.
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According to locals, poor roads, subpar automobiles, and drivers who disregard the law are to blame for the frequent motor vehicle accidents in the country of West Africa. At least 25 passengers died in a tragedy involving two buses in 2017 as well. For the yearly Muslim pilgrimage, many of those people were making their way to the central town of Touba.