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Bus crashes kill 19 in Morocco, Algeria

RABAT: Two major bus crashes in Morocco and Algeria killed a total of 19 people early Saturday and injured almost three dozen more, media reported.

The worst accident took place in southern Morocco when a truck collided with a passenger bus on a highway near the city of Agadir, the MAP news agency said.

Ten people were burned alive and 22 others were injured, the agency said.

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One of the injured was in serious condition and had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital in Marrakesh while the others were treated in Agadir, it said.

In neighbouring Algeria, nine people were killed and 12 injured early Saturday when a bus overturned in M’Silah province south of the capital Algiers, state television said.

The victims were five women, three men and a child, it said.

Traffic accidents are common in Morocco and Algeria where hundreds die each year on the roads, mostly due to speeding or human error.

courtesy : express tribune

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