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

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

Fifty people have been killed in a bus accident in western Kenya early on Wednesday, authorities said.

Local reports gave varying casualty counts.

"Officers said the bus had a capacity of 52 passengers".

"UPDATE: Fort Ternan road crash".

The scene is a blackspot with almost 10 accidents reported this year, according to a local resident.

The Kenyan Red Cross wrote on Twitter that it had overturned.

The bus was overloaded and speeding, a survivor told local media.

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Eight children are among the dead following the accident in the western town of Kericho, according to The Daily Nation newspaper. At least seven survivors were rushed to Fort Ternan dispensary and Muhoroni Sub County Hospital.

The bus belongs to Western Cross Sacco and is christened Home Boyz.

"It is unfortunate that we have lost 51 people", Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said authorities were investigating what he called a catastrophic incident.

"I would like to remind drivers to always exercise caution to avoid such catastrophic incidents". He also wished a "quick recovery" for those who were injured in the crash.

"PSV companies must adhere to road safety rules; ensure their drivers are not worn out and administer refresher driving courses to staff".

Official statistics show that around 3,000 people die annually in road accidents in Kenya, but the World Health Organization estimates the figure could be as high as 12,000.