File: An accident in Sudan

Forty-three people died and 32 others were injured in a highway accident in Sudan’s Darfur region after a passenger truck collided head-on with another vehicle.

The police said the crash took place late Thursday in the town of Shangil Tobayi in North Darfur province.

The statement did nor elaborate on the cause of the crash.

It said a fire broke out in the truck before firefighters put it out.

Some of the injured were in critical condition and taken to a hospital in al-Fasher, the provincial capital of North Darfur, it said.

The truck, which was loaded with passengers, was travelling from Shangil Tobayi when it collided with a passenger vehicle heading toward the town.

The accident happened more than 1,100 kilometers (about 620 miles) west of the capital, Khartoum.

Automobile accidents are common in Sudan.

The accidents are caused by badly maintained roads and poor enforcement of traffic laws.

According to the World Health Organization, road accidents killed more than 10,000 people in Sudan in 2018.

In October, a collision between two buses killed 21 people and wounded 29 others in North Kordofan Province.