Ivory Coast: 25 dead in bus crash

More than 25 people were killed and 31 injured Wednesday in a collision involving a coach or luxury bus and a minibus in the Ivory Coast. The country’s transport minister, Amadou Krone, announced Thursday.

 

“All measures have been taken to determine the exact causes of the tragedy, as well as where responsibility lies,” Kone said in a statement, adding that the accident occurred about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from economic capital Abidjan on Wednesday.

 

He urged all Ivorians to be careful and vigilant on roads ahead of the Muslim festival of Tabaski, known elsewhere as Eid al-Adha, which normally sees an increase in traffic right in the middle of the rainy season.

Traffic accidents are usually common and often fatal in the West African country, with many vehicles and roads not well maintained.

 

Accidents are also frequently attributed to common errors by drivers. The practice of buying a license from corrupt examiners is widespread.

In late April, authorities temporarily suspended driving test examiners and replaced them with police officers to better combat “corruption and fraud.”

 

The move followed an accident in the country’s north that claimed 20 and injured about 40 people.

 

Also, on Wednesday, at least four people died in another traffic mishap in Abidjan.

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