Killed In Bus Accident In Western Kenya

Blanche Robertson
October 10, 2018

Rift Valley regional police boss Francis Munyambu said survivors from the bus that was headed from Nairobi to western town of Kakamega were receiving treatment at local hospitals.

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.

"The initial report we have is that the driver lost control of the vehicle", police officer James Mugera told Reuters at the scene.

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

The bus was carrying 52 passengers at the time of the crash in the early hours of Wednesday morning, police said.

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Fifty people were killed on Wednesday when a bus travelling between the Kenyan capital Nairobi and the western city of Kisumu swerved off the road coming down a slope and rolled repeatedly, police said. "It is very unfortunate what has happened and action will be taken", he said.

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.

Kenyans on social media, have called out the transport regulators for failing to rein in road accidents, considering that the accident scene is a known black spot that has registered nearly 10 accidents this year.

"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.

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