Vehicle swerves off road on a hill in the city of Arusha amid heavy rain and falls into a ravine

 

ARUSHA, Tanzania – Thirty-six people, including 33 children, died after their school bus swerved off a road and fell into a ravine in the city of Arusha in Tanzania’s Karatu district.

Only two children survived the accident and are in critical condition in a hospital.

The accident site was on a hill that had a steep slope and it was raining when it happened, according to Aruba Police Commander Charles Mkumbo.




An investigation is being conducted to determine exactly why the bus swerved off the road. Mkumbo said the driver could have been new or the bus had a mechanical defect.

The bus driver was also killed in the accident along with two schoolteachers.

The students, whose ages ranged between 12 and 13, were on their way to another school to take an exam.

Tanzania President John Magufuli said he was “shocked and saddened” by the tragedy. “The accident cut short the dreams of students who were preparing to serve the nation,” Magufuli said. GAC/Expat Media

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