50 killed in Kenya road accident

Elias Hubbard
October 11, 2018

The accident happened around 4 a.m. on October 10.

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 bus was overloaded and speeding, a survivor told local media.

Fort Ternan police boss Charles Ocharo said it is suspected that the driver fell asleep as the bus descended the steep part of Londiani-Muhoroni-Kisumu highway.

At least 10 injured people have been reportedly rushed to local hospitals in the area, while children under the age of five are some of the victims who perished in the accident. Limited, but its operational name is Home Boyz.

The bus was not licensed to operate at night and its owners will face charges, regional traffic police boss Zero Arome said.

Kenyatta said the authorities were investigating the cause of the accident.

They also called for action to prevent any future such accidents, further urging drivers to exercise caution.

"The nation is united in grief following the tragic road crash involving a bus at Fort Ternan, Kericho County".

"PSV companies must adhere to road safety rules; ensure their drivers are not tired and administer refresher driving courses to staff".

Kenya has struggled to reduce the rising number of road accidents as more people acquire vehicles in the country's growing middle class.

Kenyans on social media, have called out the transport regulators for failing to rein in road accidents, considering that the accident scene is a known black spot that has registered nearly 10 accidents this year.

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