Fifteen people were killed and 37 injured Friday when a bus and a truck collided on a South African highway near the capital Pretoria, an emergency services spokesman told AFP.
“The death toll is now 15 dead, and 37 people have been injured, some of them critically,” spokesman Thabo Charles Mabaso said.
The accident happened before dawn, and rescue workers were called at 5:05 am.
“Emergency services arrived on scene to find a bus and truck that collided head-on, with multiple patients lying around and some still trapped inside both vehicles,” emergency services said in a statement.
At least 21 people were killed and dozens injured Wednesday when a train derailed near the central Iranian city of Tabas after hitting an excavator beside the track, state media reported.
The train was on its way from the northeastern city of Mashhad to the central city of Yazd and was carrying 348 passengers, according to the national rail authority, when it careered off the track in the desert at 5:30 am (0100 GMT).
Yazd province’s emergency organisation chief Ahmad Dehghan said 21 people were killed in the incident, according to the website of state broadcaster IRIB, revising an initial death toll of 17 given by national authorities.
Earlier, national emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi told state television that 86 people were injured.
Khaledi had noted that the number of dead may rise, as some injured were in “critical condition”. Twenty-four ambulances and three helicopters — seen on state television airlifting casualties to hospital — were dispatched to the scene, he said.
Tabas is located in South Khorasan province, roughly 900 kilometres (560 miles) by road from Tehran. The provincial judiciary said arrest warrants have been issued for six people in connection with the accident.
The train “derailed after hitting an excavator” that was near the track, Mir Hassan Moussavi, the deputy head of Iran’s state-owned railways, told the state broadcaster.
Rescue teams inspected the overturned carriages as onlookers gathered nearby, pictures posted by the ISNA news agency showed.
One of the pictures showed a yellow excavator on its side by the track.
Five of the train’s 11 coaches came off the rails, the Iranian Red Crescent’s head of emergency operations, Mehdi Valipour, told state television.
– Investigation – President Ebrahim Raisi expressed his grief over the derailment and offered his condolences to the families of the dead.
He also issued orders for a speedy investigation into the causes of the crash, his office said.
Roads and Urban Development Minister Rostam Ghassemi apologised to Iranians on Twitter and said the ministry was responsible for the incident.
“Hitting the excavator was the main cause of the accident,” Ghassemi said, adding that initial reports indicated that the driver only braked after hitting the obstructing vehicle.
“What is clear is the human error, which is more on the part of the driver, and why and how should be investigated more closely,” he stressed.
The Tabas prosecutor visited the scene as a judicial investigation was launched, Iranian media reported.
The train derailment comes after a tower block collapsed in southwestern Iran last month killing at least 43 people.
The collapse of the 10-storey Metropol building, which was under construction in Abadan, sparked angry protests in solidarity with the families of the dead.
The provincial judiciary said it had arrested 13 people, including Abadan’s mayor and two former mayors, suspected of being “responsible” for that tragedy.
The disaster was one of Iran’s deadliest in years and sparked demonstrations across the country against authorities accused of corruption and incompetence.
In 2016, two trains collided and caught fire in northern Iran, killing 44 people and injuring dozens.
The then head of Iranian railways resigned after four of his employees were arrested following the collision on the main line between Tehran and second city Mashhad.
Two persons have died and several others injured following a crash involving six vehicles on the bridge linking Maryland and Ojota, Ikorodu Road in Lagos State. The deceased died on the spot.
The incident happened at Odo Itlya Alaro around 2:00 am on Friday. The victims were returning from Mile 12 where they had gone to buy goods.
Those injured were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. One of the corpses was taken to a morgue by the Lagos State Environmental Health Monitoring Unit (SHEMU).
Family members of the other victim, identified as Blessing, took her body.
Channels Television gathered that the incident happened when a tipper laden with 30 tons of sharp sand and at high speed, ran into two commercial buses (Danfo).
Aside from the tipper, with registration number T-12015LA, the crash also involved an empty tanker with registration number FKJ-506XM, an articulated truck laden with metal coils, and a grey-coloured Toyota Camry with the number plate ABC-261AJ.
Six persons have died while others sustained injuries in a motor accident involving a Honda Civic car with registration number US 027 JAK and 18 seater Hummer Bus with registration number KTG 703 ZZ in Yobe state.
The incident happened on Sunday at Kwanan Garin Baduku along Potiskum-Gashua road at about 11.15am.
The Zonal Commanding Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Zone 12 Covering Bauchi, Yobe, and Borno states, Assistant Corps Marshal Rotimi Adeleye, confirmed to Channels Television.
He said that the accident happened as a result of tyre burst by the Honda Civic car which led to the collision.
“I can authoritatively confirm that six persons were burnt beyond recognition while 10 persons were injured and are receiving medication at General Hospital, Potiskum,” he said.
He further charged motorists to desist from overspeeding and using expired tyres, especially during the hot season.
Chairman of Jakusko Local Government Council, Abdullahi Gwayo, also revealed that the Hummer bus was coming from Potiskum and had a head-to-head collision with the Honda Civic car.
The corpses of the victims have been buried near the scene of the accident.
No fewer than 13 people have been confirmed dead in a road accident involving a trailer truck in Jigawa State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Lawan Adam, who disclosed in a statement on Friday said the incident left 32 others injured.
He explained that the truck marked ‘TAR 357 XA; Jigawa State’ was loaded with about 53 passengers, as well as scores of cows and goats.
The vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man identified as Babangida Mohammed was on its way to Lagos from Maigatari Local Government Area (LGA) of Jigawa before the incident occurred.
“The unfortunate incident happened when the said driver lost control on reaching a point called Kwanar Shafar Ringim area and as a result, the vehicle fell and overturned,” said Adam who is an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).
Those who lost their lives were Sani Ado – 25yrs, Saleh Yusuf – 53yrs, Aminu Mohammed – 35yrs, Haruna Maigari –20yrs, Haruna Ubali – 25yrs, Abdurrazak Lauwali – 30yrs, Abdulmutallib Hamza – 20yrs, Anas Ibrahim – 35yrs, Naziru Khalid – 30yrs, and Nuraddeen Mohammed – 25yrs.
However, the police could not ascertain the identities of the remaining three victims.
Adam explained that a team of police personnel swiftly arrived at the scene to rescue the injured victims who were taken to the general hospital in Ringim.
He added that four others – Adamu Gagare, Ado Habu, Rabiu Ibrahim, and Arma Idris – were referred to Rashid Shekoni Teaching Hospital in Dutse for further treatment.
In his reaction, the Commissioner of Police in Jigawa, Aliyu Tafida, condoled with the families of the deceased and pray for the recovery of the Injured victims.
He urged motorists to avoid over-speeding, overtaking, overloading and receiving phone calls while driving.
Tafida stressed the need for them to check their tyres, brake, and other essential parts of the vehicle, as well as ensure to get enough sleep before embarking on any journey.
Bruce Landsberg, the vice-chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, was quoted by KWES TV in Odessa, Texas as saying the minor was behind the wheel of the pickup truck at the time of the accident.
The 13-year-old was violating Texas law. A resident may obtain a learner’s permit in the state beginning at the age of 15 which allows them to drive with a licensed adult over 21.
Landsberg was also quoted by KWES TV as saying the pickup’s left front tire appears to have blown out before the crash, which occurred with both vehicles traveling at high speed.
Two University of the Southwest students, both Canadians, are in hospital in critical condition.
According to the FRSC sector command spokesperson, the injured victim resisted the attempt to take him to the hospital for medical attention, but the bodies of the dead have been deposited at a private morgue in Sagamu.
The FRSC Sector Commander in the Ogun, Ahmed Umar, in his reaction, cautioned motorists against speed violation and advised them to always reduce their speed whenever they come across poor visibility.
Hours before the incident, a trailer loaded with 18 passengers and an unspecified number of cattle had crashed in a lone accident in Katsina State.
The spokesman for the FRSC sector command in Katsina, Abubakakar Usman, said 10 of the passengers died on the spot.
While the remaining eight sustained varying degrees of injury, many of the cattle also died during the accident that occurred on Thursday night at Gora village in Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina.
Usman said the driver was sleeping while the long vehicle was on its way to Warri in Delta State from Dankama town before it crashed.
Usman, while giving an account of the incident, said an investigation conducted by the FRSC rescue team revealed that the driver was sleeping while the long vehicle was on motion, leading to the accident.
“We are yet to confirm the number of cattle that died but according to eyewitnesses and our men on a rescue mission, they saw 10 people dead and eight injured,” he said.
“The accident was a lone crash that happened after 12 midnight on Thursday at Gora village of Malumfashi Local Government Area, involving a trailer with Registration Number KTN 495 XA, overloaded with animals and passengers, en route to southern Nigeria when it lost control at a sharp bend and crashed.
“Our accident investigation teams were there on a rescue mission already. They have even facilitated the police report.”
The FRSC official appealed to drivers to desist from embarking on night journeys which he said often lead to fatal accidents.
Eyewitnesses also said the trailer was headed to Warri in Delta State from Dankama town in Katsina Local Government Area before it crashed.
One of the survivors, Abdulmalik Sani, told Channels Television that all the victims were from the same village – Dankama in Kaita Local Government Area.
According to him, the wounded victims have been taken to the General Hospital in Malumfashi and their relatives have since been contacted.