41 killed, 27 injured in Kenya bus crash: Police

By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Aug 30th, 2013
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At least 41 people have been killed and 27 others injured in a traffic accident in Kenya in which a bus veered off a road and plunged into a valley near the town of Narok, police say.

Traffic police officer Samuel Kimaru said on Thursday that the bus driver lost control on a dark road near the town, some 140 kilometers (85 miles) west of the capital Nairobi, at 02:00 a.m. local time (2300 GMT on Wednesday).

The bus was en route from Nairobi to Homa Bay on Lake Victoria when it overturned on the Nairobi-Narok highway, Kimaru said, adding, “It is a horrible scene. Bodies are strewn all over.”

Following the crash, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a statement saying, “We are losing too many Kenyans through road accidents and the onus is us as car owners, as commuters, as traffic police and as leaders.”

Due to the lack of safety features like guard rails, reflective lights and crash barriers, deadly road accidents are common in the African country.

In February, a bus travelling from Nairobi to the eastern town of Garissa swerved off the road, killing 41 people and injuring 24 others.

According to the World Health Organization, between 3,000 and 13,000 Kenyans lose their lives in traffic accidents annually, a third of whom are killed as a result of “unsafe forms of public transportation.”

Meanwhile, Kenya’s Red Cross issued a statement saying that two trucks had fallen into a river elsewhere in the country earlier in the day, but no one was killed or injured in the incident.

GHK/MAM/MHB

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