South Africa Bus Accident Leaves 15 Dead, 37 Others Injured 

Mob Burns Nigerian To Death In South Africa
South African map.

 

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.

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Eight women and seven men died at the scene, while 37 others were taken to hospital. Seven were in critical condition, the statement said.

The road was closed throughout the morning. An investigation into the accident’s cause has been launched.

South Africa’s roads are among the most developed on the continent, but safety remains an issue.

Nearly 1,500 people died on the roads during the last Christmas holidays, which is South Africa’s peak summer travel season.

AFP

Twenty-One Killed In Train Derailment In Central Iran

A handout picture made available by the Iranian Red Crescent on June 8, 2022 shows rescuers at the scene of a train derailment near the central Iranian city of Tabas on the line between the Iranian cities of Mashhad and Yazd. (Photo by Iranian Red Crescent / AFP) 

 

 

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.

 

A handout picture made available by the Iranian Red Crescent on June 8, 2022 shows a train derailed after hitting an excavator near the central Iranian city of Tabas, on the line between the cities of Mashhad and Yazd. (Photo by Iranian Red Crescent / AFP) 

 

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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.

 

More than a dozen people were killed and injured when a train derailed near Tabas after hitting an excavator, state media reported. (Photo by Iranian Red Crescent / AFP)

 

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.

At Least 17 Killed As Train Derails In Iran

A handout picture made available by the Iranian Red Crescent on June 8, 2022 shows rescuers at the scene of a train derailment near the central Iranian city of Tabas on the line between the Iranian cities of Mashhad and Yazd.  AFP

 

At least 17 people were killed and dozens injured Wednesday when a train derailed near the central Iranian city of Tabas after hitting an excavator, state media reported.

“Seventeen people are dead and 37 injured people have been transferred to hospital,” emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi told state television.

“The number of the dead may rise as most of the injured are in critical condition,” he said, adding that “24 ambulances and three helicopters have been dispatched to the scene.”

Tabas is located in South Khorasan province roughly 900 kilometers (560 miles) by road from Tehran.

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The deputy head of Iran’s state-owned railways, Mir Hassan Moussavi, told the state broadcaster that the train was carrying 348 passengers.

It “derailed after hitting an excavator” that was near the track, he said.

Some of the injured were airlifted to hospital by helicopter, state television footage showed.

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 track in the 5:30 am (0100 GMT) accident, the Iranian Red Crescent’s head of emergency operations, Mehdi Valipour, told state television.

The Tabas prosecutor visited the scene as a judicial investigation was launched into the cause of the accident, 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 the 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 the second city Mashhad.

Two Die As Tipper Crashes Into Vehicles In Lagos

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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.

Australian Prime Minister’s Security Team Injured In Car Crash

In this file photo, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) attends a videoconference with G20 leaders to discuss the COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Parliament House in Canberra on March 26, 2020. Gary Ramage / POOL / AFP

 

A car carrying Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s security team flipped and rolled down an embankment Thursday, with four officers taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Their car overturned after an accident with another car while the prime minister was on the campaign trail in Tasmania ahead of May 21 elections, the state’s police said in a statement.

Morrison cancelled his remaining stops of the day after the accident but he was not involved or injured in the crash, his office said.

The prime minister described the officers who protect him and his family as “selfless, professional and incredibly generous”.

“I hope to hear further good news about their condition,” he said in a statement.

While the vehicle the officers were travelling in was badly damaged, the security detail’s injuries were “non-life-threatening”, police said.

Morrison’s office said all four officers were conscious when they were transferred from the crash site.

Local police said they were still investigating the crash but it appeared the other vehicle had collided with the unmarked police car while trying to merge lanes.

It is not clear whether the security car was following the prime minister’s vehicle when the crash occurred.

AFP

Six Killed, 10 Others Injured In Yobe Car Accident

The scene of the accident.

 

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.

13 Dead, 32 Injured In Jigawa Road Accident

A file photo of a Jigawa map.
A file photo of the map of Jigawa, a state in north-west Nigeria.

 

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.

Five Dead, Dozens Feared Missing In Bangladesh Ferry Sinking

Fire service and civil defence personnel conduct a rescue operation after a ferry sank in Shitalakshya river in Narayanganj on March 20, 2022.  (Photo by Sony RAMANY / AFP)

 

At least five people are dead and dozens more are believed missing after a bulk carrier crashed into a small ferry in a river near Bangladesh’s capital on Sunday.

Police said nearly two dozen people managed to swim ashore after the MV Ruposhi-9 inland cargo carrier ran over the MV Afsaruddin, southeast of Dhaka.

Footage of the sinking aired by local media showed people shouting in alarm as the cargo vessel collided with the ferry and jumping into the polluted waterway as the boat quickly sank.

“We have recovered five bodies including a man, three women and a child,” local police chief Shah Jaman told AFP.

The ferry was believed to be carrying more than 60 passengers, 22 of whom had safely swum ashore, police inspector Aslam Mia said.

District administrator Monjurul Hafiz said coast guard personnel and divers were assisting with rescue efforts.

A large crowd had gathered on both banks of the Shitalakshya river to watch the search for survivors.

Ferry accidents are common in Bangladesh, with experts blaming poor maintenance, lax safety standards and overcrowding.

A ferry sank in Dhaka last June after a collision with another vessel, killing at least 32 people.

At least 78 people died in February 2015 when an overcrowded ship collided with a cargo vessel in a river west of the capital.

AFP

13-Year-Old Boy Kills Nine While Driving Truck In Texas

In this file photo, a Bryan Police Department officer maintains a perimeter near the scene of a shooting at Kent Moore Cabinets on April 8, 2021, in Bryan. Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images/AFP

 

A 13-year-old boy was driving a pickup truck that collided with a van carrying a college golf team in west Texas, killing nine people, officials said Thursday.

Six members of the New Mexico-based University of the Southwest golf team were killed in Tuesday night’s crash along with their coach, according to police.

The 13-year-old boy and his 38-year-old father who was riding in the pickup truck also died in the accident, which occurred near Andrews, Texas.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Dodge 2500 pickup veered into the oncoming lane, colliding head-on with the van.
Both vehicles caught fire.

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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.

AFP

Chad Bus Collision Leaves ‘Around 30’ Dead

 

Around 30 people were killed and some 50 were injured when two buses collided in central Chad, the Sahel country’s transport ministry said on Monday.

The accident happened overnight on Sunday when a passenger bus coming from the capital N’Djamena collided with a bus from Abeche, the country’s third-largest town, the ministry said in a statement.

Abdelaziz Hisseine, secretary of the department (county) of Batha West, put the toll at 33 dead and 54 injured.

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“All of the injured have been taken to Abeche,” said Hisseine.

The ministry statement said an inquiry had been launched.

Fatal traffic accidents are frequent in Chad, a vast semi-desert country, typically caused by excessive speed, bad roads, and poor vehicle roadworthiness.

At least eight people were killed in a truck accident in the south of the country in July 2021.

AFP

Three Dead, One Injured In Lagos/Ibadan Expressway Accident

A map of Ogun, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Three persons have been confirmed dead in an early-morning crash along the Sagamu interchange axis of the Lagos – Ibadan expressway in south-west Nigeria.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed this in a statement on Friday by the spokesperson for its Ogun State Sector Command, Florence Okpe.

Okpe, who is also a route commander, said the accident was suspected to be a result of overspeeding by a vehicle which led to its loss of control.

“The FRSC team carried out a rescue operation in the early hour this (Friday) morning at about 05:22HRS on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, 200 metres to Danco filling station,” he said.

“A total of nine persons were involved in the crash and, all male adults; one person was injured while three persons were recorded death from the crash, and others were unhurt.”

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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.

10 Killed, Several Injured In Katsina Trailer Accident

Katsina State is in north-west Nigeria.

 

At least 10 people have been killed in a road crash involving a trailer in Katsina State, said the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

The spokesman for the FRSC Command in Katsina, Abubakakar Usman, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Friday.

The trailer loaded with 18 passengers and an unspecified number of cattle was said to have lost control and crashed on Thursday night at Gora village in Malumfashi Local Government Area of the state.

As a result, 10 people lost their lives, and the remaining eight sustained varying degrees of injury. Many of the cattle also died on the spot.

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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.