At least 33 people have been confirmed dead following a tragic accident involving a modern coast bus that plunged into a river, 40 meters from the Nithi Bridge, Meru, Mombasa Highway.
The Mombasa-bound bus was travelling from Meru Town when the accident occurred. According to eyewitnesses, the bus was speeding when the breaks failed and the bus hit the guard rails before plunging into the river in the Sunday 6 pm incident. The injured have been rushed to Chuka County Referral Hospital and PCEA Chogoria Mission Hospital.
According to Tharaka Nithi county commissioner, Robert Komora, 10 people are being treated with serious injuries.
The Nithi bridge is a known black spot that has claimed many lives in the past.
The accident happened just a month after National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) released a report on the increasing number of deaths following road accidents.
According to NTSA, about 2,211 have died on Kenyan roads between January and June this year, compared to 1,988 who died around the same time in 2021.
788 pedestrians have died between January and June this year as compared to 651 last year.
608 motorcyclists died in the same period this year as compared to 569 in 2021, while 362 passengers died in the past six months as compared to the 326 in 2021.