At least 50 die in Kenya bus crash

  • At least 50 die in Kenya bus crash

At least 50 die in Kenya bus crash

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.

"It is unfortunate that we have lost 51 people", Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet told Capital FM radio.

An eyewitness described hearing "a long hooting sound, then a screech that was followed by a bang and loud screams," Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation reported. The accident happened around 4 a.m. on Wednesday. An official says at least 50 people have died after the bus they were traveling in left the road, rolled down a slope and crashed near the western Kenyan town of Kericho. "A few survivors" were taken to nearby hospitals, Mugera said.

The Daily Nation newspaper quoted Traffic Commandant Samwel Kimaru as saying that 2,345 people have died in road crashes across Kenya in the past 10 months, an eight percent rise compared to previous year.

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. In the 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, the World Health Organisation said Kenyan roads are among the most risky in the world, claiming around 29.1 lives per 100,000 people.

In an article for the Elephant online publication in November, commentator Patrick Gathara criticised the government's "knee-jerk responses such as the banning of night buses, enforcement of speed limits, seat belts and speed governors on public transport vehicles".