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Mar 11, 2015

15:28:18 GMT--Vehicle Accident - Africa - Tanzania

EDIS Number: VI-20150311-47280-TZA

Date / time: 11/03/2015 15:23:50 [UTC]

Event: Vehicle Accident

Area: Africa

Country: Tanzania

State/County: Iringa Region

Location: [The area was not defined]

Number of Deads: 41 person(s)

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Heavy


Two lorries and a bus have collided in Tanzania's highland region of Iringa, killing 41 people, police say. The accident happened after a truck driver swerved to avoid a pothole, the regional commander told the BBC. One of the lorries' containers fell on to the bus that had been heading to Dar es Salaam, crushing many passengers to death, he said. Traffic accidents are common in Tanzania, where the state of the roads and the vehicles is often poor. Iringa regional police commander Ramadhan Mungi said a further 23 passengers had been seriously injured and had been taken to Mafinga hospital. All the bodies trapped between the lorries had been removed, he said. The bus had been travelling from the south-western town of Mbeya to the commercial capital.

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