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article image45 die as bus overturns in Cameroon, West Africa

By Christopher Szabo     May 31, 2010 in World
Yaound - At least 45 people have been killed in a bus accident in the West African nation of Cameroon. Reports say the driver was asleep at the wheel.
The Press Association quotes district official Mamadou Balla, who says the driver was apparently dozing while the bus was going at full tilt. The bus, carrying about 60 passengers, overturned at a sharp turn in the road.
The crash occurred at Etoundou village, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) from the capital, Yaoundéé.
South Africa’ News24 says such accidents are not uncommon in Cameroon, as journeys on poorly-maintained roads are often undertaken at night.
The name of the country, according to Wikipedia, comes from a 15th century Portuguese reference to a "River of Shrimp," or Rio dos Camarões.
The country counts at least 200 ethnic groups among its citizens.
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