The vehicle overturned in a bend on a national road in the province of Khouribga, said local authorities who did not report foreign tourists among the victims.

According to the latest report, 23 passengers died in the accident and 36 others were injured, said in the evening to AFP doctor Rochdi Kaddar, regional director of Health.

The coach provided the connection between the megalopolis of Casablanca and the rural region of Aït Aatab, near the town of Beni Mellal, at the foot of the High Atlas.

The injured were evacuated to Khouribga provincial hospital and an investigation was opened.

Frequent accidents

The coach is a mode of transport widely used by Moroccans, especially the most modest who cannot afford a car, to travel in rural and isolated areas.

Traffic accidents are very frequent and often deadly in the Maghreb, where the roads are reputed to be among the most dangerous in the world.

In Morocco, they cause an average of nearly 3,500 deaths and 12,000 serious injuries each year, an average of 10 deaths and 33 serious injuries per day, according to statistics from the National Road Safety Agency (NARSA).

The Moroccan authorities have however implemented a series of measures to try to combat the scourge of road insecurity following the worst bus accident in the country's history in 2012 (42 dead).


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