A speeding bus killed 22 people in eastern Sudan when it collided with a smaller vehicle, official media reported on Thursday.

The full-sized passenger bus heading to Kassala from Port Sudan was in collision with a minibus, Radio Omdurman said on its website.

In addition to the dead, nine people were injured, it said.

"The accident happened because of the speed of the bus," the report added.

Police could not be immediately reached for comment.

Deadly road accidents, often involving buses, are relatively common in Sudan where driving skills are poor.

At least 38 people died in June when a bus collided with a truck in White Nile state.

Police blamed excessive speed for that crash, one of the country's worst road accidents in years.

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