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A Deadly Weekend for Senegal, Kenya, and Algeria

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40 people dead in Senegal, 21 in Kenya, and 8 people from the same family died this weekend in 3 unrelated road accidents.

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Forty people dead in Senegal, 21 dead in Kenya, and eight members of the same family died today in Algeria in unrelated road accidents in Africa.

Two busses collided in central Senegal, killing 40.

A blown-out tire in the Senegal accident on one of the passenger busses made the vehicle swirl to oncoming traffic, and two buses collided head-on.

Senegal President Macky Sall has declared three days of mourning and promised to improve road safety.

With 40 people dead, this was one of the deadliest road accidents in this West African Country in recent years.

Eighty-seven people were injured in the collision near the central town of Kaffrine.

The wounded have been taken to hospitals and medical centers.

President Sall said on Twitter that he was “deeply saddened by the tragic road accident and the 40 people that lost their lives today.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

On the other African side of the continent, 21 people died, and 49 others were wounded in a bus accident in Kenya. The Nairobi Bus Company operated the bus.

The bus had just crossed the border from Uganda into Kenya when it crashed.

The driver appeared to have lost control and went off the road.

Those killed were mostly Kenyans but included eight Ugandans.

On Saturday in Northern Africa, in Algeria, eight people from the same family were killed today in a deadly car crash.

Five children were among those killed in eastern Algeria.

The children, aged four to 13, their parents, and an aunt died after their vehicle collided late Friday with a semi-trailer near Batna.

In 2021, Algeria recorded nearly 22,000 traffic accidents that killed 3,061 people and left 29,763 injured.

Bad road conditions and unregulated and unsafe driving have plagued many African countries; today, it showed terribly.

Africa however is not isolated when it comes to bad road conditions and aggressive drivers. The victims of today’s accidents are not foreign tourists, but with tourism coming back in 2023, much needs to be done to improve road safety in many countries worldwide.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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