11 Kenyan Varsity Students Die In Road Crash

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KENYA VARSITY STUDENTS

11 Kenyan Varsity Students Die In Road Crash

 

A bus carrying students from a top Kenyan varsity collided with a truck on a busy highway after skidding in heavy rain, killing 11 of them and seriously injuring 42, police said.

The accident occurred at 5:50 pm (1450 GMT) Monday at Maungu, 360 kilometres (220 miles) from the capital Nairobi, when the students from Kenyatta University were travelling to the coastal town of Mombasa.

Ten people from the Kenyan varsity died on impact and another died later in hospital, police said, adding that 42 people were seriously injured.

“The driver of (the) university bus was overtaking a fleet of motor vehicles and as it was raining heavily, the bus skidded to the right side of the road,” the police report said.

This “prompted the driver of the truck to avoid head on collision, hence hitting the left side of the university bus,” it added.

The bus was carrying 58 people on an academic trip.

The injured were taken to a hospital in the nearby town of Voi, the Kenyan Red Cross said on X, formerly Twitter.

Kenyatta University said on Tuesday it was “deeply saddened” by the accident and had set up a help desk at the main campus to provide “assistance during this challenging time”.

“Some of the injured students are in the process of assessment for possible evacuation to Nairobi,” it said.

Road accidents are common in the east African nation, where road conditions are often poor and traffic regulations violated or ignored.

According to figures by the National Transport and Safety Authority, 4,324 people were killed and 18,561 injured in 2023 in road accidents in Kenya, down 7.8 percent from the previous year.

However, the start of 2024 was deadly, with 536 people killed between January 1 and February 11, a five-percent rise over a similar period last year.

The most high-profile incident led to the death on February 11 of 24-year-old world marathon record holder Kelvin Kiptum.

Five people were killed and 18 others injured Tuesday when their van rammed a tractor in western Kenya.

On Saturday, a high school student and a teacher died when their bus with 63 on board lost control and rolled several times down a slope.

AFP