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14 dead, 29 missing after bus overturns

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:14 AM
A rescue boat navigates the muddy waters in the ongoing search. Below: Security forces gather to begin the search for victims of the bus crash.
A rescue boat navigates the muddy waters in the ongoing search. Below: Security forces gather to begin the search for victims of the bus crash.

RABAT (AP):

Fourteen people were killed and 29 others injured when a bus overturned on a bridge amid flooding in south-central Morocco, the state news agency reported yesterday.

The MAP agency says authorities were searching for any others who might be missing, after recovering three bodies yesterday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people in all were on the bus.

The bus overturned Sunday near Errachidia, in a usually arid region hit by flooding after torrential rains.

Photos of the aftermath showed the badly mangled bus resting on a now-dry ravine, its roof gone and all the windows smashed. Police and military rescue teams were dispatched with boats and helicopters to search for the missing people.

The bus driver was initially listed among the missing but then showed up at a hospital to be treated on Monday.

The bus was travelling between the coastal city of Casablanca and Rissani, a town close to Morocco’s eastern border with Algeria.