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Almost 60 people die after two trucks collide in Sudan and catch fire

May 22, 2020

Around 60 people died in Sudan on Thursday evening after colliding head-on and burning two trucks, one of which carried dozens of passengers, the authorities in the African country confirmed this Friday.

The accident occurred around Shangil Tobay in the north Darfur province (northeast) and, according to the Sudanese police, resulted in the deaths of at least 57 people.

According to the Sudanese state news agency SUNA, the event took place when a truck carrying passengers from the local market collided with another truck driving to the city mentioned above.

Almost 60 people die after two trucks collide in Sudan and catch fire
Almost 60 people die after two trucks collide in Sudan and catch fire

Local police commissioner Salá Abdelaziz has raised the deceased to 59 in statements to the German news agency DPA, detailing that the incident took place on a remote highway, preventing emergency teams from arriving quickly.

It has also shown that there are eleven wounded, some of whom are in critical condition. “The number of fatalities is expected to increase due to poor medical care,” he added, without deciding the cause of the accident.