Dozen killed in Cameroon bus crash
Reports says at least 53 people were killed and 29 others were injured when a bus collided with a truck in western Cameroon, sparking a blaze that engulfed all cars.
The incident happened in the village of Santchou and survivors were rushed to hospitals in the western towns of Dschang and Bafoussam, confirmed by the Governor of the Western Region of Cameroon, Awa Fonka Augustine.
“The 70-seat bus carrying passengers from the coastal commercial city of Douala to Bafoussam, the capital of the western region of Cameroon, was run by a speeding truck illegally transporting fuel,” Augustine said. “A collision sparked an uncontrollable fire between the truck and the bus, which devastated the truck, the bus and its occupants.”
He said 29 individuals suffered severe burns and had been admitted for emergency treatment to nearby hospitals.
At about 3:30 am (02:30 GMT) at a spot called the Cliff of Dschang, in central-western Cameroon, the bus collided head-on with the van, he said.
Hundreds of people raced to see if their families were dead or alive in Santchou.
Some of the bodies I have seen can’t be named. Beyond identification, they are burned,” said 54-year-old businessman Honore Nzali, who is looking for his brother.
In Cameroon, road accidents are normal. Reckless driving and the bad state of cars are criticized by the government, while drivers blame poor road conditions.
In December, at least 37 people were killed in central Cameroon, including 10 women and four girls, when their bus crashed into a truck and tumbled down a ravine.