Monday, 10 December, 2018

Kenya bus crash kills 51

Update: Bus accident in Kenya claims at least 50 lives Kenya bus crash kills at least 50 en route to Kisumu
Deanna Wagner | 10 October, 2018, 17:05

At least 50 people have been killed after a bus travelling from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to Kisumu, in the west, veered off the road, police say.

The vehicle veered off the road and rolled down a slope at around 4am local time (2am United Kingdom time).

Nation Media, another local news channel reported that Kericho County Police Commander James Mogera said the death toll from the 67-seater bus, could rise from 49.

Witnesses said the bus swerved off the road while driving down a steep slope, the newspaper said.

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At least 10 injured people have been reportedly rushed to local hospitals in the area, while children under the age of five are some of the victims who perished in the accident. "It is very unfortunate what has happened and action will be taken", he said. However, more details on the cause of the accident were not immediately available.

Official statistics show that around 3,000 people die annually in road accidents in Kenya, but the World Health Organization estimates the figure could be as high as 12,000.

In 2013, the government re-introduced breathalyzers, but had to remove them again after court orders barred police from charging drivers using readings from the devices as evidence.

"Reactionary legal measures are quickly announced in the aftermath of a particularly horrific crash, with little research, forethought or long-term planning, and just as quickly forgotten", Gathara wrote.