KITUI (Xinhua) --
Nine school children were killed and 31 others
injured in a road accident in Kitui county of eastern Kenya on
Saturday night, police confirmed on Sunday.
The students from
the St. Gabriel Primary School in Mwingi town were traveling
from the coastal city of Mombasa where they had gone for a trip
when their bus was involved in a head-on collision at a bridge
on the Thika-Garissa Road at around midnight.
police commander John Nyamu told reporters at the scene that
eight students were killed on the spot while another one
succumbed to injuries as she was being rushed to Kenyatta
The nine students
were among 50 passengers, including their teachers.
Nyamu said the
driver was overspeeding and overtaking before the bus hit a
truck head-on. After the collision, the bus lost control and
plunged into the Kanginga river bed.
“This driver was
overtaking and by the time he realized there was a lorry, it was
too late,” said the police commander.
He said they have
arrested the driver of the truck and is set to be arraigned in
court of Monday, adding that they could be a possible DNA test
carried to ascertain the bodies which are badly mutilated.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the
families of the nine students.