DAKAR – Twelve people were killed and almost 50 injured in western Senegal when a bus crashed into a minibus late Friday after the driver reportedly fell asleep.

The accident occurred near Dinguiraye in Kaolack region, and it came after the government recently unveiled reforms to try and crack down on dire road safety.

“There were 10 dead recorded at the site of the accident, one victim lost their life while being transferred to hospital, and another at the hospital itself,” doctor Saliou Tall of the El Hadj Ibrahima Niass Hospital told the official APS news agency.

The driver of the bus fell asleep at the wheel the agency reported, citing witnesses.

Local firefighters gave the number of injured as 48, 10 of whom were in a serious condition.