Nine perish as bus rolls off cliff

April 12, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – Nine people have been killed and 37 others seriously injured after a bus they were travelling in rolled down a cliff off Kathiani Machakos road.

The incident took place at about 9pm on Saturday night, when the bus that was parked rolled down the cliff after the handbrake failed.

“Seven people died on the spot and two others died while on their way to hospital,” officials said.

The bus was said to be packed with people who were returning from a marriage ceremony.

Those injured have been admitted to the Machakos District Hospital.

Festive seasons in Kenya are almost always associated with road accidents.

In January, nearly 300 people were killed in separate road accidents during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Statistics at the Traffic headquarters in Nairobi indicated that 274 people were killed in accidents across the country as motorists sped off to various destinations to celebrate the season.

They included 248 people killed in December and 26 who lost their lives between January 1 and January 6.


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