TRAFFIC ACCIDENT KILLS NINE PEOPLE, INJURES 21 IN CENTRAL SUDAN

KHARTOUM, Sudan, - Nine people were killed and 21 others injured on Saturday, in a traffic accident in central Sudan's Gezira State.

"The accident took place when a mini-bus collided with a truck, due to wrong crossing," the agency quoted a responsible source as saying.

The majority of the accident's victims, all from one village, were on the mini-bus, the source added, noting that, they were returning to their village after participating in a marriage ceremony.

Sudan is among countries of the high death rates in traffic accidents, mainly due to careless driving, crumbling roads or invalidity of some vehicles used in public transportation.

Citizens and vehicle drivers complain about poor road conditions, while the government attributes the accidents to overloaded trucks and high speed.

Sudan's Interior Ministry recently said, it was working out new plans to reduce traffic accidents, including installation of radars to monitor speed on the country's highways.

According to the most recent statistics of Sudan's general administration of traffic police, 1,662 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2015.

Source: Nam News Network

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