Tanzania: 36 killed in school bus crash

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A school bus full of pupils has crashed in Tanzania, killing 36 people – most of whom were children.

Only two school children survived the fatal crash after the bus swerved off a steep road in the city Arusha, but they were both critically injured. The driver, two teachers and 33 pupils were killed in the accident.

 

‘A national tragedy’

The pupils killed in the crash were final year pupils from Lucky Vincent school, aged between 12 and 14 years old. They were on their way to attend mock exams when their bus crashed on Sunday morning.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli expressed his “great shock and sadness” over the crash in a statement. He described the incident as “a national tragedy”.

“This accident extinguishes the dreams of these children who were preparing to serve the nation, it is an immense pain for the families involved and for the whole nation,” the president said.

 

Investigation underway

Aruba Police Commander Charles Mkumbo says investigators are still trying to determine what caused the bus to swerve off the road.

“The accident happened when the bus was descending on a steep hill in rainy conditions,” he said. “We are still investigating the incident to determine if it was caused by a mechanical defect or human error on the part of the driver.”

 

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.