Several people feared dead as school bus rolls down cliff in Taita Taveta

for Tv47 Digital November 19, 2022, 07:33 PM
Bus accident Mwatate
The accident happened at Josa, a well-known black spot. PHOTO/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The accident comes on the eve of the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims. 
  • The driver reportedly lost control of the bus as he was navigating a twisty bend. 

Several people have died after a school bus they were travelling in veered off the road and rolled down a cliff along the hilly Mwatate-Wudanyi Road in Taita Taveta County. 

Reports indicate that the victims were teachers travelling from the burial of a colleague when the accident happened on late Saturday afternoon. 

The accident, which adds to the grim statistics of Kenyan roads, comes on the eve of the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims. 

The ill-fated bus apparently rolled as the driver was navigating a sharp corner. PHOTO | COURTESY

The November 20 event is a global advocacy day for road traffic injury prevention. The day is intended to respond to the great need of road crash victims for public recognition of their loss and suffering.

It's specific objectives include acknowledgement of the crucial work of the emergency services, drawing attention to the "generally trivial legal response to culpable road deaths and injuries" and advocacy for better support for road traffic victims and victim families. 

NTSA plans to hold commemorative activities in various towns in Kenya. Some of the activities will be in Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Nyeri, Embu, Meru, Kericho, Eldoret, Kisii, Thika, Machakos, Narok, Laikipia, Baringo, Kakamega, Kitale, Garissa, and Voi. 

More to follow....

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