53 people are killed in Cameroon horror crash after bus hits a fuel truck which burst into flame
- The horrific accident occurred earlier today in Santchou village, west Cameroon
- A speeding fuel truck ran into a 70-seat bus, sparking an uncontrollable blaze
- At least 53 people died in the incident and 21 survivors were rushed to hospital
- Authorities are chasing after the truck driver who has escaped the scene
Published: 07:31 EST, 27 January 2021 | Updated: 10:58 EST, 27 January 2021
At least 53 people have died and 21 others were injured during a fatal collision in Cameroon early Wednesday.
A speeding fuel truck ran into a 70-seat bus before bursting into a huge blaze that swallowed the vehicles and occupants in Santchou village in the west of the central African country.
Survivors were rushed to hospitals in the western towns of Dschang and Bafoussam, Awa Fonka Augustine.
At least 53 people have died and 21 others were injured during a fatal crash in Cameroon early Wednesday, officials said. This file photo shows a view of Yaounde, Cameroon
‘A speeding truck illegally transporting fuel ran into the 70-seat bus transporting passengers from the coastal commercial city of Douala to Bafoussam, the capital of Cameroon’s West region,’ Augustine said.
‘A collision between the truck and the bus sparked uncontrollable fire which ravaged the truck, the bus and its occupants.’
The truck driver, however, escaped after the crash and Augustine has called for his arrest.
Images released by local station Cameroon Radio Television on Twitter shows smoke billowing from the wrecked vehicles swallowed in flame, watched by shocked residents
Images released by local station CRTV shows smoke billowing from the wrecked vehicles swallowed in flame, watched by shocked residents.
Hundreds of people are rushing to Santchou to see if their relatives are dead or alive.
‘It is impossible to identify any of the corpses I have seen. They are burned beyond recognition,’ said 54-year-old businessman Honore Nzali who is searching for his brother.
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.
In December, 37 people died and 18 others were seriously injured in an accident in the western village of Makenene.