Over 40 killed in Kenya bus accident

Gb news24 desk//

At least 40 people died in a bus accident in western Kenya early Wednesday, police said.

“Reports reaching me are that more than 40 people died on the spot but it could be more because the roof of the bus was ripped off,” said Rift Valley Provincial Traffic Officer Zero Arome, according to AFP report.

Another traffic police officer who spoke from the scene, in western Kericho county, placed the number at 42.

“We have 42 people dead, but we are still at the scene,” he said.

According to police, the bus was travelling from Nairobi to the western town of Kakamega and was carrying 52 passengers.

The Kenyan Red Cross wrote on Twitter that the bus had overturned. 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 December 2017, 36 people died in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry.

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

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