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11 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Kenya bus crash kills at least 50

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Kenya bus crash kills at least 50

NAIROBI: At least 50 people were killed when the bus they were travelling in overturned and its entire roof was ripped off in an accident in western Kenya early yesterday, reports AFP quoting police.

The bus was travelling from Nairobi to the western town of Kakamega, police said, and footage from the scene showed the vehicle lying on its side with the seats and mangled bits of metal exposed to the air.

The faded red bus, emblazoned with the name “Home Boyz”, was later righted. The torn-off roof could be seen lying at a distance.

“It is unfortunate that we have lost 51 people,” Kenya’s police chief Joseph Boinnet told Capital FM radio.

However James Mugera, the Kericho County Police Commander, said there were 50 fatalities: “Those who perished include 31 male passengers, 12 women and seven children. There are about 10 others who have been rushed to various hospitals with serious injuries.”

Officers said the bus had a capacity of 52 passengers.

The bus was reportedly descending a steep hill when it hit a guard rail before plunging down a few metres.

Dozens of people milled around the accident site and goods were strewn over a large area, footage showed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta called for an investigation into the tragedy. “My heartfelt condolences to the families of fellow Kenyans who lost their lives in a tragic road accident at Fort Ternan in Kericho County this morning and wish those in hospital quick recovery,” he wrote on Twitter.

 

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