Kenya bus ac­ci­dent: Death toll hits 51

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NEWS OF THE WORLD - – AFP.

NAIROBI - Fifty-one 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, po­lice said. "It is un­for­tu­nate that we have lost 51 peo­ple," Kenya's po­lice chief Joseph Boin­net told Cap­i­tal FM ra­dio. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the bus was trav­el­ling from Nairobi to the western town of Kakamega and car­ry­ing 52 pas­sen­gers. The Kenyan Red Cross wrote on Twit­ter that it had over­turned. How­ever more de­tails on the cause of the ac­ci­dent were not im­me­di­ately avail­able. Footage from the scene showed the faded red bus ly­ing on its side, the seats and man­gled bits of me­tal ex­posed to the air with the torn-off roof ly­ing at a dis­tance. Dozens of peo­ple milled around the ac­ci­dent site and goods were strewn over a large area. Of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics show that around 3, 000 peo­ple die an­nu­ally in road ac­ci­dents in Kenya, but the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion es­ti­mates the fig­ure could be as high as 12, 000. In De­cem­ber 2017, 36 peo­ple died in a head-on col­li­sion be­tween a bus and a lorry. In 2016 more than 40 peo­ple died when an out-of­con­trol fuel tanker ploughed into ve­hi­cles and then ex­ploded on a busy high­way.

Ac­ci­dent scene in Kenya

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