Thirty-three people killed in bus crash in Morocco

The bus was heading from the capital Rabat to Laayoune in Western Sahara.

Thirty-three people killed in bus crash in Morocco

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 33 people, mostly children, were killed and eight seriously injured when a bus burst into flames after colliding with a truck near the southern Moroccan city of Tan-Tan on Friday, a local official said.

"We have many completely carbonised bodies. Authorities have been in contact with the bus company to identify the victims" said Benmane Fadli, regional director of the transportation ministry.

he bus had been heading from the coastal city of Benslimane to Laayoune in Western Sahara when the crash happened near the southern city of Tan-Tan.

Most of the victims were children returning from a school athletic competition in Benslimane, the Tan-Tan bureau of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) said in a statement.

Authorities did not confirm the AMDH statement.

The bus collided with a gas tanker at Shbeka town, around 60 km (40 miles) south of Tan-Tan, AMDH said. Ten people were injured and five had left hospital after treatment, it added.

Road accidents have been increasing in Morocco, where car ownership has nearly doubled in 15 years. Official statistics say an average of 10 people die every day in traffic accidents. 

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