Fifty people 'including several children' killed in Kenya bus crash

This bus crashed near Kericho in western Kenya on Wednesday leaving 50 dead

This bus crashed near Kericho in western Kenya on Wednesday leaving 50 dead

The bus, with 52 passengers on board, veered off the road and rolled.

Fort Ternan police boss Charles Ocharo said it is suspected that the driver fell asleep as the bus descended the steep part of Londiani-Muhoroni-Kisumu highway.

Police and rescuers had counted 50 people dead, including seven children.

According to the unnamed passenger, the bus had just left the Kenyan capital Nairobi for its destination, but then turned around to pick up more people.

The wrecked bus is seen at the scene of a bus crash near Kericho in western Kenya Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

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 injured were being treated at local hospitals.

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They also called for action to prevent any future such accidents, further urging drivers to exercise caution.

President Uhuru Kenyatta posted a message on his Twitter page offering "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".

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

According to government statistics, around 3,000 Kenyans die every year in road accidents.

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

In 2016, several vehicles were engulfed in flames in a crash involving an oil tanker in Naivasha, Kenya, which killed dozens of people.

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