Fifty killed in Kenyan bus crash

Fifty killed in Kenyan bus crash

The accident happened around 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

The bus, travelling to Kakamega from the capital Nairobi, crashed in Fort Ternan in Kericho County with eyewitnesses putting the time of the accident at about 4am.

Twelve women and seven children were among those killed in the crash on Wednesday morning.

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

The additional passengers were seated on the bus floor since all the seats were taken, according to the report.

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. Limited, with the operational name of Home Boyz.

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The government agency in charge of road safety said the bus did not have a license to travel at night.

"I would like to remind drivers to always exercise caution to avoid such catastrophic incident", he said on Twitter.

Emergency personnel and security forces inspect the wreckage of a bus at the site of an accident in Kericho, western Kenya, on 10 October 2018. However, more details on the cause of the accident were not immediately available. He also wished a "quick recovery" for those who were injured in the crash.

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

Around 3,000 Kenyans die every year in road accidents, according to government statistics, but the World Health Organisation estimates the figure could be as high as 12,000.

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