A passenger bus collided with a truck carrying goods and market workers during heavy rains on Tuesday in central Mali, killing 41 individuals and injuring 33 others, local government officials and reporters said.
According to a state broadcasting agency, the driver of the truck carrying agricultural products lost control after one of the vehicle’s tires burst, causing it to swerve into the way that the passenger bus had taken.
The strong impact of the collision, which occurred 20 km (12 miles) from the town of Segou, has completely damaged the front section of the bus.
In a statement, Transport Minister Dembele Madina Sissoko said the killed individuals in the road accident included a baby.
Sissoko and Segou Governor Alassane Traore both blamed the bad weather for the unsafe and slippery condition of the road.
“It is the consequence of driving in the rain,” Traore said on Wednesday.
According to a global status report on road safety, World Health Organization revealed in 2018 that Africa has the most dangerous roads in the world, recording approximately 26 deaths per population of 100,000 individuals.
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