Kenya crash kills at least 36 people

Brake failure on bus suspected after it collides with truck in west of country

People look at the wreckage of a bus and a lorry that crashed in a collision near Nakuru, Kenya. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

People look at the wreckage of a bus and a lorry that crashed in a collision near Nakuru, Kenya. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

 

A collision between a truck and a bus in western Kenya has killed at least 36 people, police said.

Rift Valley police said the crash involved a bus heading to the capital city, Nairobi, from Busia County and a truck heading from Nakuru County to Eldoret town.

Traffic Commandant Zero Arome said the bus’s brakes are suspected to have failed.

The National Transport and Safety Authority has been criticised for failing to reduce road accidents, which account for around 3,000 Kenyan deaths every year.

While authorities have blamed careless road users, unroadworthy vehicles and speeding for the accidents, other observers say poor road construction and maintenance are to blame.–AP