Death toll of Tunisia bus accident rises to 27: ministry

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TUNIS, TUNISIA - DECEMBER 02: Tunisians attend vigil held for the victims of a bus accident at the Ain Snoussi region, on December 02, 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia. The bus was travelling from the capital Tunis to the Ain Snoussi region when it plunged into a ravine, the ministry said in a statement. Twenty-six tourists were killed in the accident. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TUNIS, TUNISIA – DECEMBER 02: Tunisians attend vigil held for the victims of a bus accident at the Ain Snoussi region, on December 02, 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia. The bus was travelling from the capital Tunis to the Ain Snoussi region when it plunged into a ravine, the ministry said in a statement. (Photo by Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The death toll of the bus accident which occurred on Sunday in northwestern Tunisia rose to 27 as a young man died of his wounds, the Tunisian Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Nineteen others wounded remain hospitalized, including eight in critical condition, said a ministry statement, adding that psychological counseling units were set up to serve the families of victims in the provinces of Ben Arous, Tunis, Kef, Kasserine and Kairouan.

A private travel agency bus careered into a ravine in the locality of Ain Snoussi, Beja province in northwestern Tunisia, on Sunday morning, after crashing through iron barriers.

A total of 22 passengers, all Tunisian nationals, lost their lives immediately while the injured were urgently transferred to local hospitals for treatment.

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