NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has been thrown into mourning following the
loss of 50 people in a grisly road accident in the western part
of the country.
The early Wednesday morning road
accident is the worst on Kenyan roads so far this year, with
statistics showing fatalities on the highways are on the rise.
The 67-seater passenger bus that was headed for Kakamega, a
town in western Kenya, from the capital Nairobi, is said to have
veered off the road and rolled down a cliff at a place called
Fort Ternan in Kericho County.
The death toll stood at 50, comprising of 31 men, 12 women
and seven children, according to local police.
The carnage shattered the holiday mood that had gripped the
East African nation’s residents after the government declared
Wednesday a public holiday.
The accident comes a day after data revealed road accidents
have surged in the East African nation this year.
Road fatalities in Kenya rose eight percent in the first half
of 2018, according to the Kenya traffic police boss Samuel
Accidents claimed at least 2,345 people between January and
June compared to 2,165 during the same period last year.
"As at June, there were 1,948 road accidents reported in the
country as compared to 1,776 reported in the same period last
year," said Kimaru on Tuesday.
President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his condolences to the families
of affected passengers, asking drivers to be cautious.
"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." he said.
Opposition chief Raila Odinga similarly sent his condolences
to friends and relatives of those who lost their loved ones in
the road accident. "I appeal to the police to arrest the return
of madness on roads," said Odinga.
Former presidential candidate Martha Karua offered her
prayers to families of victims and condoled with them.
"Who will save us from these accidents?" said former lawmaker
"My prayers and sympathies to affected families," she added.
In Kakamega, where the accident victims were headed, a somber
mood engulfed the town and neighboring regions as people came to
terms with the tragedy.
Kenyans in their huge numbers took to social media to express
their condolences as they asked the government to take action.
"This is unbearable pain; 50 people dead in one morning.
"Our roads have become death traps.
"My condolences to the family and friends of those who
perished," said lawyer Norman Magaya.
Both leaders and citizens debated also possible solutions to
help curb the rise in road accidents.
Senator Moses Wetangula noted the return of carnage on Kenyan
roads should not be welcomed.
"Offenders must be punished to deter recklessness. I condemn
"The victims’ families should be compensated," he said.
Others suggested having ambulances on standby along the
highway so that victims can be saved on time in case of
"Some of the 50 lives would have been saved if there was
first response to the accident.
"Let us have ambulances as priority," said Hilda Juma.
Some Kenyans suggested that the standard gauge railway should
be extended faster to western Kenya to curb road accidents and
The Nairobi to western Kenya route is among one of those with
highest number of road accidents.
With the other being the Nairobi-Mombasa road, which,
however, is now served by a railway line.
Death toll from Kenya road
crash rises to 56
KERICHO (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said the number of people killed in a road
accident earlier Wednesday involving a commuter bus in Kericho
has risen to 56.
Kericho county police commander James Mugera said the toll
surged after six people died while undergoing treatment at
Muhoroni and Kericho hospitals.
Earlier, authorities said 42 people were killed on the spot
and eight others died later in hospitals after the crash at 5
a.m. on the Kisumu-Muhoroni highway.
Kericho County police commander James Mugera said nine of the
victims were children, 15 women and 32 men.
He also confirmed that there are 15 survivors.
The National Transport and Safety Authority said the bus was
not licensed to operate at night.
The bus was reportedly descending a slope when it hit a guard
rail before plunging down a valley and rolling several times.
One of the survivors said the bus was overloaded and the crew
disregarded traffic rules.
The authorities banned night travel for public transport
buses in December 2017 in a bid to stop road carnage, but the
directive was later reversed by a court order.
At least 50 killed in road
accident in northwest Kenya
KERICHO (Xinhua) --
At least 50 people were killed and 14 others
injured in a grisly road accident involving a commuter bus in
western Kenya early Wednesday, the police said.
Francis Munyambu, regional police commander, said 42
commuters died on the spot while 8 others succumbed to injuries
Munyambu said they have not established the cause of the
accident, which happened on the Kisumu-Muhoroni highway at Fort
Tenan area in Kericho at around 5 a.m. local time (0200 GMT).
James Mugera, Kericho County police commander said the
67-seater commuter from Nairobi to Western Kenya veered off a
flyover while descending a steep slope and rolled several times
after hitting a guard rail.
"The cause of the accident is still not clear as rescue
efforts continue in the area," said Mugera, adding that the
casualties could rise since more people are still trapped in the