On Wednesday, at least 50 people, including seven children, were killed in a bus crash west of Nairobi, Kenya. The bus was traveling from the Kenyan capital to the port city of Kisumu when the driver lost control while going down a steep slope, Police statement reports.
Kericho County Police Commander James Mugera told CNN that authorities believe the driver “lost control of his vehicle,” in the predawn hours on the Kisumu — Muhoroni highway in Fort Ternan, Kericho County, a region north west of Nairobi, CNN Reports.
The government agency in charge of road safety said the bus did not have a license to travel at night. The bus was carrying at least 70 passengers, some standing, a male survivor told The Standard. He said the driver was not following traffic rules but that he chose not to raise his concerns because the bus crew would have beaten him up.
Kenyan roads can be notoriously dangerous and the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked Kenya as one of the world’s worst countries for road safety. In the past 10 months, 2,345 people have been killed in road crashes across the country, an 8% increase compared with last year, the BBC’s Wanyama Chebusiri in Nairobi, reports. Claims of police taking bribes from traffic offenders have also contributed to road accidents in the country,Wanyama Chebusiri adds..
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