At least 30 dead in Cameroon bus crash: Police
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Last Updated: Monday, May 31, 2010, 00:20
  
Yaounde: An out-of-control bus rolled several times and broke in two in central Cameroon, killing at least 30 people, police said Sunday, adding that the toll could rise.

"At the scene we've identified around 30 bodies but the death toll could be much greater given that some of the injured evacuated before we arrived reportedly died," traffic police official Fifen Idrissou said.

The accident happened overnight yesterday near Bafia, around 135 kilometres north of the capital Yaounde.

"The bus lost control," Idrissou said, and "200 metres further on the bus hit a ditch. It rolled over several times."

"The impact was so powerful that the bus broke in two," he said.

The bus, with capacity for 70 passengers, was travelling from Bafoussam in the west of the country to Yaounde.

It was not known how many passengers were aboard at the time of the accident.

Idrissou said that the crash may have been caused by the driver, who was among the dead, falling asleep or by a tyre blow-out.

Cameroon Radio-Television reported that at least 35 people died in the accident, with their bodies taken to Bafia hospital morgue.

PTI


First Published: Monday, May 31, 2010, 00:20


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