RABAT, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Forty-two people were killed and 24 others injured, four seriously, in a road accident Tuesday in Al Haouz, southern Morocco, local MAP news agency reported.
The accident occurred at about 2:00 a.m. local time (0100 GMT), when a passenger bus coming from the city of Zagora dived into a 150-meter-deep ravine in a mountainous region, the news agency quoted informed sources as saying.
The accident killed 37 people on the spot, and another five people died later in hospital.
Twenty-one of the injured were evacuated to the Ibn Tofail hospital in Marrakesh, while another three were sent to the Ouarzazate provincial hospital.
The cause of the accident was not immediately known.
Morocco's roads are rated among the deadliest in Africa, with accidents claiming 4,200 lives in 2011, a rise of around 12 percent from the previous year, according to figures from the transport ministry.