A man has been killed and eleven injured in the latest collision involving a bus on Tunisia’s roads.
A Tunisian man reported to be travelling as a passenger was killed yesterday when the car he was travelling in collided with a tourist bus near Msaken Sousse injuring eleven of those on board.
According to the Ministry of Interior’s press release, the accident involved a small tourist bus carrying 26 tourists in a addition to the driver and tour guide which collided with two other cars.
Nine of the injured have been discharged from hospital, with the remaining two transferred to the Charles Nicolle Hospital in Tunis for further examinations Jawhara FM have reported.
This recent incident is the latest in a series of collisions to have occurred on Tunisia’s roads since the accident in Kasserine in late August that killed 16 and injured 85. Earlier today, a public bus (TUS) travelling from Bardo to Tunis collided with a subway wall, Shems FM reported. Yesterday, a bus in Jebal Ouest, Zaghouan was involved in a collision injuring 55, 49 of whom are currently being treated for their injuries in Zaghouan regional hospital, with six transferred to hospitals in the capital. None are thought to be in a serious condition.
Speaking to Tunisia Live, President of Tunisian Association of Road Prevention (ATPR), Bilel Ounifi said that according to the Association’s statistics, there has been a slight decrease in the number of accidents during the three quarter of 2016. From the first of January to the 14th of September, there has been a total of 4,977 accident on Tunisia’s roads, compared to 7,225 accidents last year; with 1,407 killed.
Ounifi said that “the government is doing nothing to reduce the great number of accidents everyday.” Continuing, “ATPR has conducted 3,600 campaigns over the past three months, distributing flyers and holding competitions that reward people and raise awareness.” Ounifi believed that “a national strategy needs to be put in place by the government in order to prevent accidents from happening. The laws governing road traffic offenses and fines are useless and must be changed. The fund for the prevention from road accidents also needs to be reactivated by the Ministry of Finance.”
Zaineb is a journalist in the Tunisia Live newsroom. She speaks Arabic, French and English.