Shock in Tunisia as road accident leaves 16 people dead

Sunday 28/08/2016
Terrible tragedy by all measures

TUNIS - At least 16 people were killed and 85 injured on Wednesday when a lorry crashed into a bus in central Tunisia, the interior ministry said.

The dawn accident near Kasserine also left around 15 cars ablaze, according to the ministry.

It said the lorry driver, who was among those killed, was unable to brake and his vehicle hit the bus and several cars before slamming into an electricity pole.

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.

Some social media users voiced shock at pictures of victims, and seized upon the tragedy to criticize the poor health services in marginalized regions, such as Kasserine.

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

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