A bus in central Kenya, traveling from Meru to the port city of Mombasa, plunged into a river 40 meters below a bridge on Sunday night. Brakes may have failed as it travelled at high speed over the bridge. At least 34 people were killed in the accident. Some others are hospitalized with injuries. The injured were rushed to Chuka County Referral Hospital and PCEA Chogoria Mission Hospital. The place where the accident occurred is known as a hotspot for accidents. Recovery efforts had resumed early Monday at the Nithi River bridge.”Up to now, we have lost 14 women, 18 men and two girls, so the total deaths are 34. We have rescued 11 who are undergoing treatment in hospital,” Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner Nobert Komora told media.
Several fatal accidents have occurred at the Nithi bridge which is about 10 kilometres from Chuka town. The accident is the latest in a series of deadly crashes in Kenya -and across the wider East African region. The National Transport and Safety Authority, Kenya’s transport regulator, had ordered all buses belonging to Modern Coast to suspend operations pending an investigation into the crash. 4,579 people died in road accidents in Kenya in 2021, a 15% increase from a year earlier.