The bus fell from the bridge in the accident

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The wreckage of a bus that fell from a bridge across a river is seen the next day, July 24, 2022, in Meru, Kenya.

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Nairobi, Kenya – The death toll in a bus accident in central Kenya has risen to 30, police said on Monday.

Officials said a passenger bus carrying an unknown number of people fell off a bridge on Sunday evening and hit a river bank along the highway from Meru to the capital Nairobi.

Senior police officer Rono Bunei said: “The brakes on the bus must have failed, as it was at a very high speed at the time of the accident.”

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People watch the wreckage of a bus that fell off a bridge across the river the day before, in Meru, Kenya, on July 25, 2022.

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Bunei said early Monday that the death toll had risen from 24 to 30, while others were injured.

“The search is still ongoing and we are trying to retrieve the wreckage,” Agence France-Presse quoted county commissioner Norbert Comora as saying.

He referred to the place where the accident occurred as a “blackspot”, meaning a hotspot for accidents.

The Reuters news agency, citing local media reports, put the number at 34 and said the government had ordered the company that owned the bus to stop using all other buses during the investigation.

The crash is the latest in a series of fatal accidents in Kenya – and in the wider East African region – where roads are often narrow and police blame speeding drivers for the crashes.

On 8 July, at least 20 passengers were killed in an accident on a highway from Nairobi to the coastal city of Mombasa.

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