Sixteen killed in Kenya road accident

August 24, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIVASHA, August 24 – At least 16 people were killed and dozens injured when a passenger bus veered off a road and crashed into two oil tankers in western Kenya, police said on Monday.

The bus travelling from the capital Nairobi on Sunday night collided with two lorries before veering off the road and hitting the parked tankers.

"Initial investigations show that the bus driver was speeding and he lost control as he veered off from the first accident," said Vitalis Otieno, the regional traffic police commander.

Kenya records more than 13,000 traffic accidents annually, 85 percent of which are due to human error with poor roads and badly maintained vehicles blamed for the rest.

An average of 2,600 people are killed and 11,000 injured every year, according to government statistics.


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