At least 53 people have died and 21 others were injured after a bus collided with a truck early Wednesday in Cameroon’s west. The accident occured in Santchou village. Survivors were rushed to hospitals in the western towns of Dschang and Bafoussam. A truck illegally transporting fuel was involved. It ran into the 70-seat bus transporting passengers from the coastal commercial city of Douala to Bafoussam, the capital of Cameroon’s West region. The collision between the truck and the bus sparked uncontrollable fire which ravaged the truck, the bus and its occupants.
Hundreds of people are rushing to Santchou to see if their relatives are dead or alive.” It was a real carnage. “It is impossible to identify any of the corpses I have seen. They are burned beyond recognition,” said a relative of one victim. The truck driver escaped after the crash. His arrest was claimed. According to initial findings the van had “a braking defect”. The death toll will likely rise. Road accidents are common in Cameroon. The government blames reckless drivers and the poor state of vehicles, while drivers blame the bad conditions of the roads.