Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

23 killed in Kenya minibus crash

Some 23 passengers were killed in a minibus crash in central Kenya

Some 23 passengers have died after a minibus lost control, hit the barrier of a bridge and rolled over rocks in central Kenya.

National police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the driver of the minibus may have fallen asleep before the crash late on Saturday night.

The crash happened nearly 90 miles east of the capital, Nairobi.

Mr Kiraithe said 15 passengers travelling to the town of Makueni were seriously injured and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Regional police chief Marcus Ochola said the passengers were travelling together after negotiating dowry before a wedding.

Road crashes are common in Kenya and are often blamed on reckless driving and the poor state of the roads in the East African nation.

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