What was to be a peaceful and happy return home that announced the beginning of of a week’s holiday, turned out to be quite the opposite for some youths who had participated in the national school sporting event in Marocco which heralded the beginning of a week’s holiday. A tragic head on collision between a coach of the CTM company and a truck transporting fish occurred in the nearby city of Tan-Tan. An accident which cost the lives of 33 people, the coach in fact went on fire immediately, making it impossible to save the occupants on the coach.
The I 9 survivors have been admitted to the local hospital. Two of which, a student and a young girl, are said to be in crtical conditions. The second CTM coach-driver had miraculously managed to save himself, who after a night’s drive had handed over the drive to his colleague.
There were 14 youths in the group, aged between 10 and 14. They were returning home accompanied by the three teachers from Bouznika, a city between Casablanca and Rabat, where they had just finished participating in the national primary and secondary school sporting events. The king of Marocco has sent messages of sympathy to the families of the victims and is said to be deeply sad at what happened, thus has promised to pay for the expenses for the transport and burial of the victims and will pay for the medical treatment of those who have survived.