BURKINA FASO – At least 15 people were killed and 30 injured in a bus crash in Burkina Faso on Monday, according to police in the west African nation.

The crash happened in the Toece commune, 70 kilometres (45 miles) south of the capital Ouagadougou as the bus travelled to the southern town of Manga.

The driver lost control of the vehicle while speeding when the road became blocked, according to Sami Da, Toece’s chief of police.

Fatal accidents are common on impoverished Burkina Faso’s poorly maintained roads and are often due to human error and dilapidated vehicles.

In November 2008 a crash between a lorry and a bus killed 72 people on a road between Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, the country’s economic capital.

– AFP

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