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50 people dead in bus crash in western Kenya

Update Bus accident in Kenya claims at least 50 lives Update: Bus accident in Kenya claims at least 50 lives
Pablo Mccormick | 10 October, 2018, 17:03

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.

"The information we have is that the driver lost control", Kericho County police commander James Mugera told The Associated Press. In the 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, the World Health Organisation said Kenyan roads are among the most unsafe in the world, claiming around 29.1 lives per 100,000 people.

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

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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.

"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", he said on Twitter.

Police and rescuers had counted 50 people dead, including seven children.

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An eyewitness described hearing "a long hooting sound, then a screech that was followed by a bang and loud screams," Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation reported.

The injured were taken to the Fort Ternan dispensary and Muhoroni Sub County Hospital for treatment.

Last December, some 36 people died in a head-on collision between a lorry and a Nairobi-bound bus on a road near Migaa in Kenya.

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