Morocco bus crash kills 17

RABAT A bus crash in northern Morocco killed 17

people as the vehicle overturned, the health ministry said Monday, in the

second such accident in North Africa the same day.

The bus crashed on Sunday near Taza, a town between the Rif and Atlas

mountains, local authorities said, with the cause of the accident unclear.

The ministry told AFP the death toll had risen to 17, while 36 others were

injured.

An investigation was opened into the accident at Taza, 120 kilometres (75

miles) east of Fez, authorities said.

Public television 2M tweeted a photograph of the bus's interior reduced to

a mass of metal.

Elsewhere in North Africa, a bus crash in Tunisia also Sunday killed at

least 26 people as the vehicle plunged into a ravine in the mountainous

northwest.

Nearly 3,500 people die each year in road accidents in Morocco, a country

of 35 million people.

The government has launched several road safety campaigns, particularly in

the wake of the kingdom's worst ever bus accident which left 42 dead in 2012.

A National Road Safety Strategy aims to halve the number of accidents in

Morocco by 2026.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)