Bus Carrying Journalists Crashes Returning from African Cup of Nations Game

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A bus transporting journalists back to Abidjan following an Africa Cup of Nations game crashed early Wednesday, causing multiple injuries.

The accident occurred around 2 a.m. local time as the bus was traveling from Yamoussoukro to Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s largest city and commercial center, where many media personnel are stationed to cover the soccer tournament.

The bus driver and his assistant sustained the most severe injuries due to the impact at the front of the vehicle. They were subsequently taken to a hospital in Treichville, Abidjan, for medical treatment.

Several journalists also suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The journalists had traveled to Yamoussoukro on buses organized by COCAN, the tournament’s organizing committee, to cover the Group C and D matches between Senegal-Guinea and Angola-Burkina Faso.

The bus was returning to the AFCON Main Media Centre in Abidjan after the journalists attended the matches in Yamoussoukro the previous night.

Upon approaching Abidjan, around 2 a.m. local time, the bus veered off the road and collided with a warehouse wall. Local reports indicated that many passengers sustained minor injuries. Those injured were transported to the Teichville University Hospital Centre for treatment.

Among the injured was former AIPS Young Reporter Alex Cizmic, who, in a voice note to AIPS President Gianni Merlo, confirmed numerous minor injuries. Nigerian journalist Oluwaseun Oyediji also posted photos on his social media handle showing his bruises.

Reports indicated that the bus driver and coordinator suffered more severe injuries. The coordinator’s foot was trapped in the wreckage for some time before being successfully rescued. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by local authorities.

Officials have not released the exact number of journalists injured in the incident. However, the AFCON committee issued a statement saying it was providing support and assistance to those involved.

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