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Accident: 34 Dead As Kenyan Bus Plunges Into River

Bunei said early Monday that the death toll had grown to 30 from 24 overnight, with others hospitalized with injuries.

[ODUNEWS] July 25 – A bus carrying over 30 passengers fell off a bridge Sunday evening and plunged onto a riverbank along a highway from Meru to the capital, Nairobi, authorities said.

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34 Dead As Kenyan Bus Plunges Into River

 

The bus “must have developed brake failure, because it was at a very high speed when the accident happened,” said senior official Rono Bunei

 

Agence France-Presse quoted county commissioner Norbert Komora as saying, “The search is still on and we are trying to retrieve the wreckage.”

He referred to the place where the accident occurred as a “black spot,” meaning a hotspot for accidents.

The Reuters news agency, citing local reports, put the number at 34 and said the government had ordered the company that owned the bus to stop using all its other buses while the investigation is carried out.

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The accident is the latest in a series of deadly crashes in Kenya – and across the wider East African region – where roads are often narrow and blame speeding drivers for crashes.

At least 20 passengers were killed on July 8 in a crash along the highway from Nairobi to the coastal city of Mombasa.

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