More than 20 killed in bus accident near Kenya-Uganda border | News
The accident left 49 others injured, the police said, adding that the incident happened after the driver lost control of the bus.
At least 21 people were killed and 49 others injured when a bus bound for the Kenyan capital Nairobi crashed shortly after crossing the border from Uganda, police said on Sunday, the most latest in a series of recent fatal road accidents.
Ugandan regional police spokesman Rogers Taitika told AFP news agency that most of those killed were of Kenyan nationality and eight Ugandans were killed.
The bus was traveling from the eastern Ugandan city of Mbale to Nairobi and crashed in the Kenyan town of Lwakhakha, just across the border from the Ugandan town of the same name late on Saturday.
Taitika said it appeared the driver had lost control, sending the vehicle off the road.
“Preliminary findings indicate a case of the bus driver being too fast,” he said.
The Ugandan government plans to issue new measures to try to improve road safety following an increase in accidents in the East African country in recent days.
On January 6, a passenger bus rammed into a stationary truck near the city of Gulu in northern Uganda, killing 16 people.
Ugandan police say 104 road accidents were recorded in just three days over the New Year between December 30 and January 1, with 35 people dead and 114 injured, in addition to the victims the most recent accidents in January.
Security Minister Jim Muhwezi, speaking at the January 2 funeral of three sisters who were killed in an accident, said the cabinet was planning new safety measures to try to reduce the number of accidents.