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19 dead in traffic accident on northern Sudanese highway

August 10 - 2015 ED DEBBA
The traffic accident near Ed Debba, Northern State, 9 August 2015 (sudaneseonline)
The traffic accident near Ed Debba, Northern State, 9 August 2015 (sudaneseonline)

A traffic accident on a highway in Sudan's Northern State killed 19 people on Sunday, according to officials.

Brig. Ahmed Abu Zeid, commissioner of Ed Debba told Xinhua news agency that two passenger vans collided while moving in opposite directions in the area of Um El Hasan, some 240 kilometres north of Khartoum.

The dead include 13 men, two children and four women, Xinhua quoted Ahmed Abdin, medical director of the El Tadamon hospital in Ed Debba.

Twelve others were injured and given medical care in Khartoum.

The country's ministry of roads and bridges, which tallied about 2,000 traffic fatalities in 2014, attributes the accidents to speeding and the overloading of vehicles.

Bus drivers contacted by Radio Dabanga commented that most of the highways in Sudan are badly maintained, and need to be widened.

(Source: Fred Lambert/upi.com)


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