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Death when a bus plunges into a river from a “black spot” bridge in Kenya

Officials say the bus lost control of the crowded Melnai Robi highway and fell into the Niti River, killing 24 people.

The Niti River Bridge has been a black spot for years and drivers have been warned to slow down as they pass through the area. (AP)

It was confirmed that 24 people were killed after a bus crashed into the Nithi River in central Kenya 40 meters from the bridge.

Police said the accident occurred along the busy Melnai Robi highway when a 57-seat bus running fast on a steep slope collided with a guardrail on a bridge, lost control and fell into a river. ..

When the accident occurred around 6 pm local time, the buses belonging to the modern coastal bus service were heading from Mel town to the coastal town of Mombasa.

Alex Mugambi, manager of the Tarakanishi County Rescue Team, told the media at the scene of the accident that during the search and rescue operation, “rescue operations are underway and the locals are really helping.”

“I don’t know how many people were on the bus, but so far it has been confirmed that 24 people were killed in the accident, and doctors and medical personnel were seriously injured.”

Mugambi, who is leading the operation with paramedics and police, added that the injured were rushed to referral hospitals in Chogoria and Chuka counties.

Black spot for drivers

The Niti River Bridge has been a black spot for years and drivers have been warned to slow down as they pass through the area.

At least 20 passengers were killed in a collision along the highway from Nairobi to the coastal city of Mombasa on July 8.

Five people died last year after a minibus plunged into the river at the same location, injuring many others, but last month one passenger died at the same location.

In 2015, three people were killed and dozens were injured in the same location after a Sunbird Company bus plunged into the Niti River Bridge.

Source: TRT World and distributors

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