A total of ninety-nine police officers were injured last night in a traffic accident that occurred in Sidi Bernoussi, Casablanca.
A crash between two automobiles on the extension of the Rabat-Casablanca motorway caused a pile-up involving five buses transporting police officers Mohammed V Sports Complex for security at the football match between Wydad Casablanca and Kenitra COD Meknes.
The driver of the first bus transporting the police officers was forced to brake to avoid colliding with two vehicles. This caused a telescoping chain of the four other coaches from behind.
The stretch of the Casablanca-Rabat highway was blocked for a time so that the injured could be evacuated to hospitals in the city and the damaged vehicles removed.
According to Dr. Othman Baaid, hospital director at the Mohammed V Hospital in Hay Mohammedi, a majority of the 56 police brought to his hospital were only slightly injured but one officer suffered a fractured femur.
The other 43 were evacuated to the hospital at Sidi Mansour Bernoussi.
The Director General of National Security Bouchaib Rmail immediately went to the bedside of the wounded to inquire about their health.
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In another accident a day earlier, A 22-year-old student from Maryland, USA, who planned a career in foreign service died near Rabat.
Kelly Dalla Tezza, who was born in Baltimore, was in Morocco and had recently participated in a Fulbright conference on women's political roles in Bahrain. Her family said she had been accepted for graduate study at Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University, among other schools.