At least 36 people were killed and 11 people were injured in a Sunday bus and truck collision on a highway in central Kenya, police said.
“The death toll is now 36,” said Rift Valley Police Chief Zero Arome, who first reported a death toll of 30.
The accident occurred at 3:00 am on a reputedly dangerous portion of the Nakuru-Eldoret highway, where a bus from Busia, in western Kenya, collided head-on with a truck that was coming from Nakuru.
According to the local police, more than 100 people were killed on this stretch of road only during the month of December.
The police chief said that the drivers of the two vehicles are among those killed and that a child aged three also died in this accident. The wounded were transported to Nakuru Hospital.
A survivor speaking from his hospital bed said he was sleeping at the time of the accident.
“All I heard was a huge noise and screams coming from everywhere,” he said. “I was sitting in the back of the bus and was rescued some time later because my legs were blocked. It is by the grace of God that I am alive. I saw many people dead and their bodies mutilated.
About 3,000 people die each year in road accidents in Kenya, according to official figures, while the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that this number actually reaches 12,000.