50 people dead in bus crash in western Kenya

Update: Bus accident in Kenya claims at least 50 lives

According to eyewitnesses, the accident happened at 4 am.

Among those who died following the crash are eight children below five. The man told Citizen TV Kenya that there had been a heated confrontation between the conductor and passengers amidst objections to overloading the bus.

The extra passengers were seated on the bus floor since all seats were occupied.

Kericho County Police Commander James Mogera said the casualties could rise since more people were still trapped in the wreckage.

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, authorities said. Limited, but its operational name is Home Boyz.

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The bus was not licensed to operate at night and its owners will faces charges, regional traffic police boss Zero Arome said.

"I would like to remind drivers to always exercise caution to avoid such catastrophic incidents".

The wrecked bus is seen at the scene of a bus crash near Kericho in western Kenya Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. "We condole with the affected families and wish quick recovery to the injured", wrote the Deputy President.

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

Kenyans on social media, have called out the transport regulators for failing to rein in road accidents, considering that the accident scene is a known black spot that has registered nearly 10 accidents this year.

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