Nine passengers and 17 others were killed in a road accident on Monday in the M’sila province, 230 km east of Algiers, security sources reported. According to preliminary information, the tragedy occurred when the bus, who liaises between Algiers and Ourgla, crashed headlong into a truck immobilized in the middle of the road RN 08.
The wounded were evacuated to Sidi Aissa and Bou Saada hospitals and, according to the El Watan newspaper, two others who were seriously injured were admitted to Algiers and Setif hospitals. The Gendarmerie Nationale group has opened an investigation to elucidate the causes of the accident.
Nearly 4,500 deaths are recorded annually in Algeria, which ranks first in the Arab world in terms of traffic accidents. At the same time, the automobile sector in Algeria has achieved a turnover of 24 billion dinars in the first quarter of 2012.