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At Least 30 Killed in Bus Crash in Kenya

At Least 30 Killed in Bus Crash in Kenya

Sunday, 31 December, 2017 - 10:00
At least 30 people were killed in a bus crash in Kenya. (AP file photo)

At least 30 people were killed in Kenya on Sunday when a bus crashed into a truck.

A police official said at least 36 people were killed in the headlong collision that took place close to Nakuru town. Sixteen people were injured.

The accident occurred close to a notorious stretch on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway when a bus traveling from Busia, in western Kenya, collided with a truck coming from Nakuru. Police said the death toll for that stretch of road has now reached 100 this month alone.

Rift Valley traffic police chief Zero Arome said the bus's brakes are suspected to have failed.

He added that the drivers of both vehicles were among the dead, as well as a three-year-old child, while the injured had been taken to a Nakuru hospital.

One survivor, speaking from his hospital bed, said he had been asleep at the back of the bus when the collision happened.

"All I heard was a loud bang and screams from all over," he said. "I was seated at the back and was helped out after some time because my legs were stuck. It is by the grace of God that I am alive. I saw many people dead and their bodies mutilated."

The National Transport and Safety Authority has been criticized for failing to reduce road accidents, which account for around 3,000 Kenyan deaths every year.

While authorities have blamed careless road users, unroadworthy vehicles and speeding for the accidents, other observers say poor road construction and maintenance are to blame.

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