Four Killed, 46 Injured in Road Accident in Southern Lebanon

Published July 2nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Four tobacco farmers were killed and 46 others injured in southern Lebanon Sunday when the brakes on the bus transporting them failed, reported AFP, quoting hospital sources and witnesses. 

The accident happened on the road to Msayleh, about ten kilometers (six miles) east of Sidon, the largest town in southern Lebanon. 

After its brakes failed, the bus ran into an electricity pylon, swerved across the road and then rolled over twice, throwing its passengers out, said AFP. 

Local and Red Cross teams reached the scene some 15 minutes later and took the victims to Sidon hospital, the same sources told AFP. 

One injured man told Reuters that the bus was carrying the workers to a festival sponsored by the state-owned tobacco monopoly in the northern city of Tripoli before the accident.  

"The driver was going to fast and he lost balance. The bus first swung sideways and then it rolled a bit before landing upside down in the valley beside the road. We sat for about an hour before somebody came to get us out," the man said.  

Security sources said police had launched an investigation into the accident, said Reuters - (Several Sources)  

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