At least 19 people have been killed and 24 injured in northern Senegal when a bus and a truck collided, according to officials.

The accident early on Monday morning occurred near Sakal in the Louga region, Papa Ange Michel Diatta, a colonel with the national firefighting service, told AFP news agency.

The state-owned Le Soleil publication reported that the bus collided with the truck on the Number 2 national road as it swerved to avoid running over an animal.

It added that the injured were taken to the regional hospital Amadou Sakhir Mbaye. President Macky Sall sent “heartfelt condolences” to the families of those killed in the accident.

The accident came just eight days after Senegal was plunged into mourning following the collision of two buses

in the early morning of January 8 in the central region of Kaffrine, leaving 40 dead and more than 100 injured.

The government responded by banning night buses and outlawing the import of used tyres – the suspected cause of the accident.