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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 18:44 GMT 19:44 UK
Kenya bus crash kills 23
August 2000 bus crash in Kenya
Kenya has been plagued by traffic accidents
Police in Kenya say 23 people, including 10 children, were killed when the minibus they were travelling in swerved off the road and plunged into a river southeast of the capital Nairobi.

The accident happened late on Wednesday near Machakos, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Nairobi.


Kenyan radio reported that the vehicle swerved to avoid a head-on collision and plunged into the Mwania river.

The minibus was licensed to carry 23 passengers, but there were 58 people on board at the time, the radio said.

Road accidents claim an average of 2,000 lives every year in Kenya.

In April, 35 people died when two buses collided and plunged off a bridge near the coastal town of Malindi.

Speeding and overloading on buses is a common problem in Kenya, where regulations are often ignored and passengers are squeezed into every available space so that the bus operators get the maximum profit.

See also:

03 Apr 01 | Africa
River hampers Kenya bus salvage
25 Aug 00 | Africa
Kenya bus hurtles into river
07 Aug 01 | Country profiles
Country profile: Kenya
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