A deadly and tragic accident, with twenty dead and one hundred and three injured (provisional assessment), took place the day before yesterday, around midnight in Andranonahoatra, a locality about twenty kilometers before Ankazobe on the RN4. There were 140 passengers in the double-decker coach, a kind of double-decker bus, mostly young people, members of the Scout and Christian Youth (STK) branches of the Itasy Regional Synod Of the Reformed Church FJKM. They were going to join Mahajanga to take part in a national gathering of the STK.
When approaching a slope, the driver failed to pass a speed. The bus then retreated to fall into a ravine by making several barrels and ending its race in reverse on the roof. The engine caught fire and caused an explosion causing the vehicle to fire.
Yesterday morning, the President of the Republic and his wife, Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, and members of the government led by Prime Minister Olafier Mahafaly Solonandrasana went to the Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital, Anosy, Comfort to the wounded who are evacuated there and to offer condolences to the families of the deceased. Hery Rajaonarimampianina said that the state will cover all the medical expenses and the care necessary for the wounded, as well as the repatriation of the bodies and their funerals.