NAIROBI – As many as 40 folks have been killed in a bus accident in western Kenya early Wednesday, police stated.
“Reviews reaching me are that greater than 40 folks died on the spot nevertheless it could possibly be extra as a result of the roof of the bus was ripped off,” Rift Valley Provincial Visitors Officer Zero Arome informed media.
One other visitors police officer who spoke from the scene, in western Kericho county, positioned the quantity at 42.
“Now we have 42 folks lifeless, however we’re nonetheless on the scene,” he stated.
In keeping with police, the bus was travelling from Nairobi to the western city of Kakamega and was carrying 52 passengers.
The Kenyan Pink Cross wrote on Twitter that the bus had overturned. Nonetheless, extra particulars on the reason for the accident weren’t instantly out there.
Bus overturns at Fort Tenan close to Kipkelion, a number of casualties reported. @EMS_Kenya ambulance crew activated.
— Kenya Pink Cross (@KenyaRedCross) October 10, 2018
Official statistics present that round three,000 folks die yearly in highway accidents in Kenya, however the World Well being Group estimates the determine could possibly be as excessive as 12,000.
In December 2017, 36 folks died in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry.
In 2016 greater than 40 folks died when an out-of-control gasoline tanker ploughed into autos after which exploded on a busy stretch of freeway.