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Tunisian president vows safer roads after 2 deadly crashes

AP , Monday 2 Dec 2019
Tunisian President Kais Saied and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed
Tunisian President Kais Saied (C-L) and Prime Minister Youssef Chahed (C) visit the scene of a road accident that saw a bus plunge over a cliff into a ravine in Ain Snoussi in northwestern Tunisia on December 1, 2019. (Photo: AFP)
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Tunisia's president is promising to improve his country's poor road safety record after 26 people were killed in a bus crash - and then a car transporting one of the bodies was reportedly hit by a train.

The Health Ministry on Monday raised the death toll to 26 from the accident when a bus carrying Tunisians on an excursion plummeted off a hill in the Beja region Sunday. Seventeen people were injured.

Local radio Mosaique FM reported that a car carrying one of the victims was struck by a train Monday in the neighboring Kef region, killing a 21-year-old woman.

Mourning the dead, President Kais Saied promised to "do everything in my power to deal with the consequences of the disaster and fix what can be fixed.''

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