Sixteen people have been reported dead and 85 injured after a truck veered out of control in Kasserine, colliding with a bus before driving into a busy Souk.
The incident occurred during the busy weekly market in the region of Khamouda, Foussana Kasserine, which undoubtedly contributed to the high death toll. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Interior, the accident occurred after a failure of a cement truck’s brakes led to the driver losing control and careering into a bus. Following that initial collision, the truck is reported to have collided with an electrical pole, which in turn fell onto a number of cars causing 15 to catch fire.
Fourteen people were reported dead at the scene, including the truck’s driver, with two more succumbing to their injuries in hospital.
Speaking to Tunisia Live, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Interior declined to comment ahead of a further press release expected to be issued later today.
As reported on Friday, a 2015 report by the Global Road Safety Partnership slammed Tunisia’s road safety systems, recording an average of 1,500 deaths a year on the country’s transport network. Elsewhere, in a separate study from Targa Consulting, Tunisia was ranked 138th out of 180 countries worldwide in terms of annual road fatalities.
17 people were killed 76 more injured in June of last year when a train collided with a truck attempting to cross the railway lines at El Fahs, 65km southwest of Tunis, despite the red signal light.
Zaineb is a journalist in the Tunisia Live newsroom. She speaks Arabic, French and English.