President Macky Sall of Senegal has declared three days of mourning following the Sunday early morning bus crash in the Kaffrine area of Central Senegal.
Over 40 persons died when two buses collided and at least 87 victims were rushed to the hospital according to Senegal officials.
Two mangled buses that had collided, stopping traffic were seen in the photos and videos posted online.
Senegal’s public prosecutor, Cheikh Dieng said that the accident seemed to have been caused when a tire burst on one of the buses, causing it to crash into a bus coming in the opposite direction, according to Washington Post citing AFP.
The crash maybe one of the deadliest road accidents in the West African nation in recent years.
It was gathered that the accident occured around 3:15 a.m.
Senegal’s President, Macky Sall on Sunday declared three days of national mourning following the deaths of 40 people in the bus accident.
Macky Sall said an inter-ministerial council will meet “to take firm measures on road safety and public passenger transport.”
“Deeply saddened by the tragic road accident”, President Macky Sall said via tweet.
The road crash sparked a combination of mourning and outrage in Senegal, with some demanding government accountability for poor road conditions and failures to properly inspect vehicles.
However, President Sall said on Twitter that a meeting among ministers will be held on Monday to take firm measures on road safety and public transport.