A bus crash in Cameroon’s western village of Nemale killed at least 37 people on Sunday.
The 70-seater bus was on its way to the capital, Yaounde, from the western town of Foumban when it crashed into a truck while trying to avoid a crowd of people on the road about 2am local time, officials said.
“Most of the travellers were either going to spend New Year’s Day with their families, returning from Christmas Day festivities or were business people supplying gifts for New Year’s feasts,” Absalom Monono Woloa, a senior government official said.
Village residents ran to the road to help more than 60 commuters who were on the bus, he said.
The death toll will likely rise as rescue workers dig through the wreckage, he said.
At least 18 people were seriously wounded.
Some Cameroonian media outlets have reported 52 deaths.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash. Such accidents in Cameroon are often linked to the poor state of roads and drivers’ ignorance.
The Ministry of Transport estimates that 1,500 people die in road accidents each year in Cameroon.