Kenya bus crash kills at least 50 en route to Kisumu

Cars drive down a section of the Thika Superhighway that leads out from the northern end of the Kenyan capital Nairobi

The bus was carrying 52 passengers at the time of the crash in the early hours of Wednesday morning, police said.

About 15 survivors from the bus that had been headed from the capital, Nairobi, to the western town of Kakamega were receiving treatment at a hospital in Kericho, Rift Valley regional police boss Francis Munyambu said.

Children are believed to be among the dead.

Residents look at the wreckage of a bus that crashed, near Fort Ternan along the Londiani-Muhoroni road in Kericho county, Kenya October 10, 2018.

Kericho police boss James Mugera said the bus belonged to Western Cross Express Co.

A number of people were taken to hospital, it said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta posted a message on his Twitter page offering "heartfelt condolences to the families of fellow Kenyans who lost their lives in a tragic road accident at Fort Ternan in Kericho County this morning".

They also called for action to prevent any future such accidents, further urging drivers to exercise caution.

In 2013 the government re-introduced breathalyzers but had to remove them again after court orders barred police from charging drivers based on readings from the devices.

Kenyans on social media, have called out the transport regulators for failing to rein in road accidents, considering that the accident scene is a known black spot that has registered nearly 10 accidents this year.

In December 2017, as many as 36 people had died in a head-on collision between a bus and a lorry on a highway in central Kenya.

And more than 40 people died in 2016 when an out-of-control fuel tanker ploughed into vehicles and then exploded on a busy stretch of road in Naivasha.

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