LOME, Togo

Over 53 people were killed and many others injured when a passenger bus collided with an oil tanker late Tuesday evening in western Dschang province in the Menoua department of Western Cameroon, the national radio reported.

The dead have not yet been identified while passengers with serious injuries have been hospitalized, according to Awa Fonka Augustine, the governor of the western region. He explained that the oil truck had a braking fault and there was also fog in the area of ​​the accident.

There were reportedly around 70 passengers on the bus.

Road accidents are a recurring, fatal problem in Cameroon. According to the World Health Organization, the central African country has an average of more than 16,000 traffic accidents per year, killing more than 1,200 people.

In a recent interview with local media, Transport Minister Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe claimed: “The number of deaths on our roads is falling. It fell from 1,588 in 2011 to 1,091 in 2015 and 937 in 2019.”

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