Dozens killed as roof torn off bus
FIFTY-FIVE people were killed when their bus left the road, rolled down a slope and crashed in western Kenya, an official said, with the roof of the bus ripped off.
"The information we have is that the driver lost control," Kericho County police commander James Mugera said, AP reported.
"I felt the bus swerve from one side to the other and then I found myself in the middle of nowhere," passenger Joseph Obonyo said.
"There was a body near me and people were being thrown out of the bus, flying out of it like aeroplanes, and where we were thrown that was it. … I am only able to say that God saved me and I am truly thankful."
Fort Tenan has claimed 50 lives! This is a major crisis that should have the whole nation angry & authorities blamed & reckless driving.— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) October 10, 2018
Looking at the wreckage, there’s a set standard for PSVs body but this never adhered to gari inataruka kama karatasi. NTSA? pic.twitter.com/VbwqSCIOHx
Mr Obonyo was among about 15 survivors, officials said.
The bus had been travelling from the capital, Nairobi, to the western town of Kakamega when the accident occurred around 4am, Rift Valley regional police boss Francis Munyambu said.
Nine children were among the dead, he added.
President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his condolences to victims' families and wished those in hospital a quick recovery.
"I would like to remind drivers to always exercise caution to avoid such catastrophic incident," he said on Twitter.
My heartfelt condolences to the families of fellow Kenyans who lost their lives in a tragic road accident at Fort Ternan in Kericho County this morning and wish those in hospital quick recovery.— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) October 10, 2018
"I woke up when I heard the noise and came here with other people, we found passengers screaming and asking for help, we managed to save a few people who were alive but the others were already dead", Jackson Kosgei told Rueters.
Good that the police have arrested the owners of the bus that killed about 50+ people in Fort Tenan.— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) October 10, 2018
This is the same old script, they’ll be charged, license withdrawn & set free then we wait for next deaths batch.
Officers who failed duties from NPS,KENHA,NTSA? Nothing
According to government statistics, around 3000 Kenyans die every year in road accidents.
In the 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, the World Health Organisation said Kenyan roads are among the most dangerous in the world, claiming around 29.1 lives per 100,000 people.