A collision between two buses near Kaffrine in central Senegal has left 40 people dead and dozens injured.

The accident took place on the No. 1 national road at 3.15 am local time on Sunday morning.

Preliminary investigations suggested that one of the buses suffered a burst tyre and collided head-on with an oncoming bus, officials said.

Emergency services official Cheikh Fall told AFP news agency that 87 people were injured in the collision. 

“It was a serious accident. There were 125 victims, of whom 38 have died.”

The wounded have been taken to hospital and a medical centre for treatment, he added.

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