A bus collided with a lorry killing 41 individuals and injuring 33 extra throughout heavy rains on Tuesday in central Mali, the federal government mentioned.
Such accidents are a daily incidence within the former French colony, the place the poor state of the roads has been a supply of social rigidity.
Transport Minister Dembele Madina Sissoko mentioned the lifeless included a child after the passenger bus collided with a lorry carrying agricultural produce close to the city of Segou.
He pressured it was a provisional toll, and blamed dangerous climate.
Three of the injured had been severely harm, Sissoko added.
The federal government had at first said on social media that 37 individuals had been killed within the accident at Zambougou, with out detailing the circumstances.
Alassane Traore, governor of the Segou area which incorporates Zambougou, informed AFP the crash “is the consequence of driving within the rain”.
A crash survivor mentioned “visibility was poor and the highway was moist due to the heavy rain”, including the truck didn’t brake in time.
The transport minister informed AFP the federal government will examine the incident.
“Could Allah welcome the souls of the deceased to paradise,” he mentioned.
Travelling by highway remains to be the principal technique of transport for individuals and items within the landlocked Sahel nation of some 20 million individuals.
In neighbouring Senegal, 11 individuals had been additionally killed in a highway accident within the north of the nation on Tuesday morning, the federal government mentioned.