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48 killed in African bus pile-up

Published 16/04/2014 | 00:27

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Dozens of people have been killed in a collision between a bus and a truck in Togo

At least 48 people have been killed in a collision between a bus and truck in Togo, state television says.

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The accident happened on a road north of the West African country's capital, Lome.

A government statement on state TV said the dead included 15 people from Burkina Faso and a Nigerian. Another 15 people were severely injured.

Survivors of the crash said the truck had only one headlight, and the bus driver mistook it for a motorcycle. A minibus was also involved in the crash, 100 miles north of the capital.

Images on state television showed bodies being carried away in white shrouds.

Road accidents are common in Togo, where roads are poor and vehicles are often overloaded with people and goods.

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