According to the transport ministry, 41 people were killed in a road accident in south-central Mali on Tuesday when a truck carrying goods and market workers collided with a passenger bus.
According to ORTM, the truck’s driver lost control after a tyre burst, causing the vehicle to swerve into the path of the bus.
According to photos and video shared online, the force of the crash, which occurred 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the town of Segou, sheared off the front section of the bus and scattered debris across the road.
A further 33 people were wounded in the collision, ministry spokesperson Mohamedoune Ould Mamouni said by phone, updating a previous toll of 37 killed.
Africa has by far the world’s most dangerous roads, registering over 26 deaths per 100,000 population, according to the World Health Organization.