DOUALA, Littoral–A collision between a truck and a minibus has left at least 21 people dead on the Douala-Nkosamba road in the Littoral region.
Blood-stained bodies strewed the road at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 3:30 am Sunday.
The truck driver, his assistant and “only a few” survived the crash and are getting treatment at the Mont Kupe hospital.
Eyewitnesses said the truck raced uncontrollably down the Mbanga hill before slamming into the oncoming passenger minibus belonging to Menoua Voyages.
The bus left Dschang hours before and the truck was transporting pasta. Their collision caused early Easter traffic on the highway for more than one hour.
An image from the scene showed a man, believed to be the bus driver hanging out of a smashed door.
Others were too graphic to publish. One showed about half a dozen bodies laid by the road and encircled by a small crowd of onlookers.
Road accidents have remained common across the country in spite of intensive road safety operations and the deployment of hand-held speed detectors.
Cameroon records about 100 road deaths monthly.
The national gendarmerie says the numbers are going down but frequent accidents cast a shadow on any progress road safety measures have made.