Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 14 December 2019

At least 17 killed in Morocco bus accident

36 others injured as bus overturned in the north of Morocco

At least 17 people in Morocco have been killed in a bus accident that left another 36 injured after the vehicle overturned near the northern city of Taza, in the second such accident in North Africa the same day.

The cause of the accident unclear. An investigation was opened into the accident at Taza, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Fez, authorities said.

Public television 2M tweeted a photograph of the bus's interior reduced to a mass of metal.

Elsewhere in North Africa, a bus crash in Tunisia also Sunday killed at least 26 people as the vehicle plunged into a ravine in the mountainous northwest.

Nearly 3,500 people die each year in road accidents in Morocco, a country of 35 million people.

The government has launched several road safety campaigns, particularly in the wake of the kingdom's worst ever bus accident which left 42 dead in 2012.

A National Road Safety Strategy aims to halve the number of accidents in Morocco by 2026.

Updated: December 2, 2019 08:10 PM

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