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31 killed in Morocco head-on crash

Published 10/04/2015

Thirty-one people have died in a head-on collision between a truck and a bus in Morocco
Thirty-one people have died in a head-on collision between a truck and a bus in Morocco

A fiery head-on collision between a truck and a bus carrying a delegation of young athletes in southern Morocco has killed 31 people and injured nine, according to reports.

The crash took place just before sunrise at 7am in the district of Chbika, near the southern desert city of Tan-Tan, the state news agency quoted authorities as saying.

The bus hit a tanker truck which burst into flames, consuming both vehicles, according to the Le360.ma news site.

The site said the bus was carrying young athletes and officials from the ministry of youth and sports who were involved in a national sports competition.

The Les Ecos newspaper reported on its website that the bus was carrying a delegation of young athletes from the northern town of Bouznika and from Laayoune, a city further to the south in the annexed Western Sahara territory.

A video posted by the French-language economic daily L'Economiste shows the flaming wreckage of the double-decker tour bus, which caught fire after hitting what the newspaper identified as a tanker truck carrying hydrocarbons.

People wander around the flaming frame of the bus - the truck has been flattened and apparently completely destroyed - in a bleak desert landscape.

Les Ecos reported that celebrated 10-kilometre runner Hassan Issengar, 31, was among the dead.

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