Nineteen people were killed
and 24 wounded in a road accident in Senegal,
President Macky Sall has said, the second major crash this month
highlighting poor driving conditions in the West African
Early on Monday’s accident took place between the northern towns of Saint-Louis and Louga, Sall said on Twitter without providing further detail.
“This highlights the need to strengthen road safety measures. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. Speedy recovery to the injured,” Sall said.
The incident occurred after the tyre of a passenger bus burst, sending it into the path of another bus coming in the opposite direction.
It followed a crash that killed 40 people and wounded about
80 near the southeastern town of Kaffrine on January 8, one of the
deadliest in Senegal’s recent memory.
The government has banned night buses and outlawed the import of used tyres – the suspected cause of the accident.
The accidents spurred anger about dangerous driving conditions in
Senegal, where overloaded and run-down trucks, buses and taxis
hurtle down narrow two-lane highways riddled with potholes.
Road accidents are frequent in Senegal, mainly because of driver error, poor roads and decrepit vehicles, say experts.
According to the World Bank, Senegal, a country of 17 million, records 24 road deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants.
By comparison, the toll is six per 100,000 across the European Union and two in Switzerland, while the average across sub-Saharan Africa is 27.