AT least 24 people have been killed after a bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river valley.
It’s feared the vehicle’s brakes failed – causing it to plummet 131ft into the steep ditch on Sunday evening in central Kenya.
The bus – owned by Modern Coast company – was travelling from Meru to the port city of Mombasa when it veered off the Nithi Bridge, the Daily Nation and Standard newspaper reports.
Senior police official Rono Bunei said the vehicle “must have developed brake failure, because it was at a very high speed when the accident happened”.
County Commissioner Nobert Komora confimed that initial investigations showed the bus’s brakes may have failed, Nation reports.
It’s understood the fault may have stopped the driver from properly turning on a sharp bend at the bridge.
Komora said: “We are sadly announcing to the nation we have lost 24 people in a grisly Modern Coast Bus accident on the notorious Nithi River Bridge along the Meru – Nairobi highway.”
More to follow…