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41 people dead in Tanzania road accident, police say

  • The remains of passenger's belongings lie in the blood-streaked wreckage at the scene of a bus crash near Changarawe village in the Mafinga District of the Iringa region of Tanzania Wednesday, March 11, 2015. A Tanzanian police official says dozens of people were killed when a truck carrying a shipping container rammed into the bus. (AP Photo)

    The remains of passenger's belongings lie in the blood-streaked wreckage at the scene of a bus crash near Changarawe village in the Mafinga District of the Iringa region of Tanzania Wednesday, March 11, 2015. A Tanzanian police official says dozens of people were killed when a truck carrying a shipping container rammed into the bus. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A police officer keeps traffic and people away from the scene of a bus crash, center-left, near Changarawe village in the Mafinga District of the Iringa region of Tanzania, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. A Tanzanian police official says dozens of people were killed when a truck carrying a shipping container rammed into the bus. (AP Photo)

    A police officer keeps traffic and people away from the scene of a bus crash, center-left, near Changarawe village in the Mafinga District of the Iringa region of Tanzania, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. A Tanzanian police official says dozens of people were killed when a truck carrying a shipping container rammed into the bus. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

A Tanzanian police official says at least 41 people have died after a long haul truck rammed into a bus in Iringa region of Tanzania.

Ramadhan Mungi, the regional police commissioner, said Wednesday it's not clear how many people are injured.

He says some people are trapped between the truck and bus but efforts to free them are futile due to lack of equipment.

Government spokesman, Assah Mwambene, says the truck was heading from the town of Mbeya to Dar Es Salaam while the bus was heading in the opposite direction.