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41 dead after Kenyan bus plunges into valley

Bodies were said to be ‘strewn all over’, according to police.

File photo of a street in Nairobi
File photo of a street in Nairobi
Image: AP Photo

AT LEAST 41 people were killed today in a bus crash west of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Kenyan Red Cross said.

“It is a horrible scene. Bodies are strewn all over,” traffic police official Samuel Kimaru said by telephone from the scene near the town of Narok.

It is difficult to tell exactly what happened but all indications point to speeding and possibly overloading. It is quite disturbing.

The Kenyan Red Cross said it had confirmed 41 deaths and 27 others with “multiple injuries”.

The bus was travelling from Nairobi to Homa Bay on the banks of Lake Victoria.

It was about halfway into the journey when it veered off the road and plunged into a valley, rolling over several times.

The Red Cross said the accident occurred shortly after 2am (11pm GMT). Pictures from the organisation showed the bus in the bushes at the bottom of a hill, its roof ripped off.

Kimaru said police had “a difficult time recovering the bodies because this place is hilly and bushy”.

- © AFP, 2013

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