20 people killed in multiple road accidents in northern Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 20 people were killed and 15 others injured after three vehicles and a tractor were involved in multiple collisions Monday night in Tanzania's northern district of Kahama in Shinyanga region, police said Tuesday.

The Shinyanga regional police commander Leonard Nyandahu said in one of the accidents, three people traveling in a salon car died on the spot after their car rammed into a stationary tractor.

Nyandahu told a news conference that another 17 people traveling in a mini-bus died on the spot after their bus collided with a truck when the driver of the bus tried to avoid the stationary tractor.

He said the accidents occurred at 10 p.m., local time, adding that three of the injured people were in critical condition.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who is inspecting the Njombe region in the country's south, sent a condolence message to the Shinyanga regional commissioner Sophia Mjema following the accidents.

"I am joining the families in mourning the loss of their beloved relatives and friends," said President Hassan in a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications, wishing the injured persons quick recovery.

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