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The BBC's Ade Akintonwa
"Many people were returning home for Easter"
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Thursday, 20 April, 2000, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Kenya bus crushed between lorries

By Martin Dawes in Nairobi

Nearly 70 people are feared dead after another crash involving an overloaded bus in Kenya.

Thirty people are said to have been injured.

The police say the vehicle was crushed between lorries while trying to overtake on the highway between the capital and the main port of Mombasa.

Most of the dead are said to have died from crush injuries.


earlier crash
Buses collided in March

The accident happened at about midnight near the town of Voi, and police are blaming driver error.

Overloaded, speeding buses are a regular hazard on Kenya's roads.

A clampdown was ordered three weeks ago after the country's worst ever road accident claimed more than 70 lives.

Police 'ignore' speeders

In that incident, a bus spun out of control into the path of another, and the impact caused them both to burst into flames.

President Moi was reported to have ordered police to set up roadblocks to control public transport vehicles.


Previous Kenyan crashes
10 killed - 2 April
74 killed - 29 March
56 killed Jan 98

Police officers, though, are frequently accused of accepting bribes from drivers to ignore infringements.

Speed governers on vehicles have been suggested, but operators have always managed to block such restraints.

The latest accident comes in the run-up to one of the busiest periods on the roads, as many Kenyans prepare to return to their rural homes for the Easter holidays.

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