Officials reported that a tragic road accident in Morocco’s central province of Azilal resulted in 24 fatalities on Sunday. The accident occurred when a minibus carrying passengers to a weekly market in Demnate town overturned on a bend, according to local authorities. An investigation into the incident has been initiated.
Unfortunately, road accidents are a common occurrence in Morocco and other North African countries. In a previous incident in March, 11 people, mostly agricultural workers, lost their lives when their minibus collided with a tree due to the driver losing control in the rural town of Brachoua.
Many individuals in rural areas, particularly those with limited means, rely on coaches and minibuses for transportation. In August of the previous year, 23 people lost their lives, and 36 others were injured when their bus overturned on a bend to the east of Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital.
Morocco records an average of 3,500 road deaths and 12,000 injuries annually, as reported by the National Road Safety Agency. This equates to an average of 10 deaths per day. Efforts have been undertaken by authorities to reduce the mortality rate, aiming to halve it by 2026. This goal was set after the country’s worst bus accident in 2012, which claimed the lives of 42 people.
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