At least 26 killed in Tunisia bus crash

Incident unleashed wave of national grieving.
Monday 02/12/2019
The wreckage of a bus that crashed during an excursion is seen in the northern town of Amdoun, Tunisia, December 1, 2019. (Reuters)
The wreckage of a bus that crashed during an excursion is seen in the northern town of Amdoun, Tunisia, December 1, 2019. (Reuters)

At least 26 Tunisian young men and women were killed on Sunday after a bus crashed during an excursion in the northern town of Amdoun, the health ministry said.

The bus veered off a winding road when the driver failed to negotiate a sharp turn and crashed to the bottom of a ravine, the interior ministry said.

The bus was carrying 43 people on an exursion to a picturesque mountain region, officials said.

The deaths unleashed a wave of deep sadness throughout the nation. The grieving sentiments were  reflected across social media and the political class even if no official mourning was declared.

President Kais Saied and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed visited the crash site in the northwestern region of Tunisia, which attracts large numbers of visitors but has poor infrastructure.

(With Reuters)