Bus crash leaves at least 40 dead and several injured in Senegal, says president

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At least 40 people died this Sunday (8) and many more were seriously injured in a bus accident in central Senegal, according to the country’s president.

“I am deeply saddened by today’s tragic road accident in Gniby where 40 people died and many were seriously injured. I send my sincere condolences to the victims’ families and wish the injured a speedy recovery,” President Macky Sall said in a tweet.

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The incident involved two buses that collided with each other, according to Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise (RTS), the country’s public broadcaster.

The West African nation will observe three days of national mourning for the victims, starting Jan. 9, the president announced.

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The reason for the accident is still unknown. THE CNN contacted Senegal’s Ministry of Transport for comment.

Dakar will also convene an inter-ministerial council on Jan. 9 to discuss “firm measures” to ensure transport safety, according to Sall.

Source: CNN Brasil

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