الأربعاء , يونيو 17 2020

Children die in Morocco collision

Remains of the burnt-out bus near Tan-Tan, Morocco, on 10 April 2015

The bus was completely destroyed in the fire that followed the collision

Schoolchildren returning from a sports competition were among at least 31 people killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in southern Morocco, officials say.

The bus burst into flames after the crash on Friday morning near the city of Tan-Tan in the district of Chbika.

Nine people were injured and taken to hospital.

Local media said the children had been taking part in an athletics competition and were travelling with their coaches.

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Some reports said they were travelling from the capital, Rabat, to Laayoune, which is in the Western Sahara.

“A majority of the victims are children aged eight to 14,” an official from the regional sports and youth ministry told the AFP news agency.

Hassan Issengar, a well-known athlete, was travelling with the children and is among the dead, reports said.

Road accidents have been on the rise in Morocco as car ownership has nearly doubled over the past 15 years, according to Reuters news agency.

An average of 10 people are estimated to die every day in road accidents.

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