50 killed in Kenya road accident

50 killed in Kenya road accident

The owner of the bus will face legal action, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said, Citizen TV Kenya reported.

The crash happened at 4 a.m. near Fort Ternan on the Kisumu-Muhoroni Highway.

However James Mugera, the Kericho County Police Commander, said there were 50 fatalities: "Those who perished include 31 male passengers, 12 women and seven children".

The vehicle veered off the road and rolled down a slope at around 4am local time (2am United Kingdom time).

The bus belonged to Western Cross Express but the operational name is Home Boyz.

The bus was travelling from Nairobi to Kisumu.

Kenyan emergency personnel and security forces inspect the wreckage of a bus at the site of an accident in Kericho, western Kenya, on October 10, 2018.

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"The roof of the bus was ripped off", a local official said.

Witnesses said the bus swerved off the road while driving down a steep slope, the Daily Nation newspaper reported, according to Reuters.

Rift Valley traffic boss Zero Arome said no other vehicle was involved in the dawn accident.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta offered condolences to the families of the victims of the crash. However, more details on the cause of the accident were not immediately available.

Kenya has struggled to reduce the rising number of road accidents as more people acquire vehicles in the country's growing middle class.

In December 2017, 36 people died in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry near Migaa.

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