At least 42 dead in Fort Ternan bus crash

This bus crashed near Kericho in western Kenya on Wednesday leaving 50 dead

This bus crashed near Kericho in western Kenya on Wednesday leaving 50 dead

According to eyewitnesses, the accident happened at 4 am.

The bus was traveling from Kenyan capital, Nairobi to Kisumu in the western part of the country.

Among those who died following the crash are eight children below five.

The bus was overloaded and speeding, a survivor told local media.

The 67-seater bus is said to have veered off the road while descending a steep slope.

The newspaper added that a number of people had been taken to a local hospital for treatment. Limited, but its operational name is Home Boyz.

The owner of the bus will face legal action, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said, Citizen TV Kenya reported.

President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his condolences to victims' families and wished those in hospital a quick recovery. However, more details on the cause of the accident were not immediately available.

Emergency personnel and security forces inspect the wreckage of a bus at the site of an accident in Kericho, western Kenya, on 10 October 2018.

"I would like to remind drivers to always exercise caution to avoid such catastrophic incidents".

Kenyans on social media, have called out the transport regulators for failing to rein in road accidents, considering that the accident scene is a known black spot that has registered nearly 10 accidents this year.

In 2013 the government re-introduced breathalyzers but had to remove them again after court orders barred police from charging drivers based on readings from the devices.