At least 14 dead in Tunisia road accident

By AFP
Published: August 31, 2016
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Tunisians surround the carriages of a train after it derailed following a collision with a lorry, killing at least 18 people near the town of El Fahes, on June 16, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Tunisians surround the carriages of a train after it derailed following a collision with a lorry, killing at least 18 people near the town of El Fahes, on June 16, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

TUNIS: At least 14 people were killed and another 51 injured on Wednesday when a lorry crashed into a bus in central Tunisia, the interior ministry said.

Those killed in the dawn accident near Kasserine included the lorry driver, the ministry said, adding that around 15 cars also caught fire.

Initial findings showed the truck driver was unable to brake and his vehicle hit the bus and several cars as he sped out of control before slamming into an electricity pylon.

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Dozens of injured were taken to hospital in Kasserine, as emergency crews worked to extract others still trapped in the wreckage.

Photos shared on social media showed columns of thick black smoke rising from the scene of the accident, and national television broadcast images of burnt cars.

As of the end of May, 528 people had died in road accidents in the North African country of some 11 million inhabitants since the beginning of the year.

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