At least 12 adults and one child were killed and several more injured in a bus-truck collision in the city of Kisumu, western Kenya late Thursday, police confirmed on Friday.
Benson Maweu, Kisumu police commander, said the bus started the journey in Siaya County in western Kenya and picked up more passengers in Kisumu before heading for Nairobi.
On the busy Kisumu-Kericho highway, the bus driver attempted to overtake a vehicle but lost control and crashed head-on with an oncoming truck carrying sugarcane around 11 p.m. (2000 GMT), he said.
The bus was carrying 51 passengers at the time of the collision and both drivers of the two vehicles were killed on the spot, according to the police commander.
The Kenya Red Cross Society said the injuried had been evacuated to local hospitals while appealing for blood donations.
An estimated 3,000 Kenyans die in road accidents annually despite concerted efforts by the state and the private sector to promote highway safety, according to the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA).