RABAT, Dec 2, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – 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
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
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.