Kenya bus crash kills at least 50 en route to Kisumu

11 Octubre, 2018, 09:35 | Author: Kelly Blake
  • Update Bus accident in Kenya claims at least 50 lives

"It is unfortunate that we have lost 51 people", Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet told Capital FM radio.

Fort Ternan is a small town located at the western border of the Rift Valley.

Kericho County Police Commander James Mogera says the registration status of the bus, KBS029J, could not be found on the National Transport and Safety Authority's website.

A police officer, OCS Charles Ocharo of the Fort Tenan area where the accident happened on Wednesday morning, said the bus veered off a flyover, and rolled several times, according to Citizen TV.

The Kenyan Red Cross wrote on Twitter that the bus had overturned.

The accident involved a bus bound for Kakamega that was travelling from Nairobi.

Emergency personnel and security forces inspect the wreckage of a bus at the site of an accident in Kericho, western Kenya, on 10 October 2018.

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Eight children are among the dead following the accident in the western town of Kericho, according to The Daily Nation newspaper.

"The roof of the bus was ripped off", a local official said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his condolences to victims' families and wished those in hospital a quick recovery.

As authorities investigate the cause of the accident with a view of taking action, I would like to remind drivers to always exercise caution to avoid such catastrophic incident.

Kenya has struggled to reduce the rising number of road accidents as more people acquire vehicles in the country's growing middle class.

And more than 40 people died in 2016 when an out-of-control fuel tanker ploughed into vehicles and then exploded on a busy stretch of road in Naivasha.

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