Five people, including a 9-month-old baby, died and 51 were injured in a bus accident on Sunday night in western Cameroon, the region’s governor announced.
The accident occurred when a bus traveling from Koutaba, in the west of the country, to the capital, Yaoundé, “skidded and ended up in the ravine, after overturning several times”, according to Governor Awa Fonka Augustine.
“The provisional number is five dead, (…), including a 9-month-old baby, 51 injured, of whom 15 were in serious condition, and significant material damage,” he said, adding that “speeding” and “a malfunction in the braking system ”were at the origin of the accident.
The accident, which involved a 60-seat bus from the Avenir Voyage company, occurred in Foumbot, in western Cameroon, 350 kilometers north of Yaoundé.
In Cameroon fatal traffic accidents are frequent. On December 27, 37 travelers, including three babies, died in an accident involving a bus belonging to the same company and a truck traveling in the opposite direction.
On January 27, 53 people died when their bus collided with a truck carrying smuggled fuel.
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