Kenya: At least 50, including eight children, killed in bus crash

Update: Bus accident in Kenya claims at least 50 lives

At least 50 people, including seven children, were killed in a bus crash west of Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday, police said. In the 2015 Global Status Report on Road Safety, the World Health Organisation said Kenyan roads are among the most risky in the world, claiming around 29.1 lives per 100,000 people.

Nation Media, another local news channel reported that Kericho County Police Commander James Mogera said the death toll from the 67-seater bus, could rise from 49.

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

"As authorities investigate the cause of the accident with a view of taking action, I would like to remind drivers to always exercise caution to avoid such catastrophic incident", he said on Twitter.

The Daily Nation newspaper quoted Traffic Commandant Samwel Kimaru as saying that 2,345 people have died in road crashes across Kenya in the past 10 months, an eight percent rise compared to previous year.

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Around 15 survivors from the bus that was headed from the capital, Nairobi, to the western town of Kakamega were receiving treatment at a hospital in Kericho, Rift Valley regional police boss Francis Munyambu said.

Highway roads in Kenya can be notoriously risky and the World Health Organization (WHO) has ranked Kenya as one of the world's worst countries for road safety.

In December 2017, as many as 36 people had died in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on a highway in central Kenya.

And more than 40 people died in 2016 when an out-of-control fuel tanker ploughed into vehicles and then exploded on a busy stretch of road in Naivasha.

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