NDIKINIMIKI, 27 December 2020 – At least 39 people were killed in a ghastly accident Sunday when a bus drove off the road into an empty river bed.
Eighteen other passengers on the bus were injured, 12 of them critically.
The victims include women, children and toddlers.
Eyewitnesses said the roadside next to where the bus crash occurred looked like a war zone.
The mortal remains of the victims – women, men and children – lay exposed for hours on the side of the road.
The accident occurred around 2.30am in Normale Village in Ndikinimiki Division of Cameroun’s Centre Region, a little under 200 kilometers northwest of Cameroun’s capital, Yaounde.
Details remain sketchy, but the most recurrent account of the accident holds that two buses of the same Avenir Voyage travel agency nearly collided.
In an effort to avoid the crash, one of the drivers swayed his bus off the road, unfortunately driving off the edge of a bridge and crashing into the valley below.
The bus was carrying over 60 passengers, travelling from Foumban in the West Region to Yaounde.
Officials announced an initial death toll of 28 people killed before updating to 39 passengers killed on the spot.
Three other victims died in a nearby hospital where some of the injured passengers were receiving medical attention all day Sunday.
Twelve of the injured remained in critical condition Sunday night, according to Absalom Wolao Monono, the most senior government official with administrative authority over Ndikinimiki.
A delegation of Cameroun government ministers visited the scene of the accident on Sunday afternoon.
The officials were Paul Atanga Nji, Minister of Territorial Administration and Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehehe, Minister of Transport.
The ministers also visited Ndikinimi District Hospital where three of the victims of the accident were said to be receiving treatment.