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No fewer than thirty people were killed when a bus plunged into a river in central Kenya at a notorious accident blackspot, a local official confirmed on Monday.
Africa Daily News, New York gathered that the incident happened late yesterday as the bus was making its way from the coastal city of Mombasa to the town of Meru.
The bus dropped 130 feet (approximately 40 metres) into the Nithi River valley below after it fell off a bridge.
Reports stated that wreckage and bodies were scattered in the water and on the river bank, and images published in local media showed the bus ripped apart after rolling down the steep slope.
Twenty people died on the spot on Sunday, while four died in hospital and another six bodies were recovered on Monday, county commissioner Norbert Komora told reporters.
‘The search is still on and we are trying to retrieve the wreckage,’ he said.
‘Investigations are still going on to establish the cause of the accident that occurred at the Nithi blackspot.’
The number of people killed on Kenya’s roads has increased in recent years.
In the first half of 2022, 1,912 people were killed, up nine percent from 1,754 in the same period last year, according to figures from the National Transport and Safety Authority.