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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Bloody accident leaves 50 persons dead

Fifty people have been killed in a bus

accident in western Kenya early on

Wednesday, authorities said.

Witnesses and police on Wednesday

said the bus swerved off the road while

driving down a steep slope, and rolled

into a ditch at 4 am local time (0100

GMT) in western Kericho county.

According to police, the bus was

travelling from Nairobi to the western

town of Kakamega and was carrying 52

passengers.

Rift Valley regional police boss Francis

Munyambu told the Associated Press

that survivors from the bus were

receiving treatment at local hospitals.

The Kenyan Red Cross wrote on Twitter

that the bus had overturned. However,

more details on the cause of the

accident were not immediately

available.

Official statistics show that around

3,000 people die annually in road

accidents in Kenya, but the World

Health Organization 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

truck in the east African country.

In 2016, more than 40 people died when

an out-of-control fuel tanker rammed

into vehicles and then exploded on a

busy stretch of highway.

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