19 killed in road accidents over weekend in Algeria and Morocco

Two major bus crashes in Morocco and Algeria over the weekend have killed a total of 19 people and injured almost three dozen, local media reports claimed. The worst accident was in southern Morocco where a truck collided with a passenger bus on the Agadir highway, according to the MAP news agency. Ten people burnt to death in the collision fire and 22 others were injured.

One of those injured was in serious condition and had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital in Marrakesh while the rest were treated in Agadir.

In Algeria, nine people were killed and 12 injured early on Saturday when a bus overturned in M’Silah province south of the capital Algiers, state television reports confirmed. The victims included five women, three men and a child.

Fatal traffic accidents are a common occurrence in Morocco and Algeria where hundreds die every year on unkept roads, speeding or driving dangerously.