Tanzania: 32 students, 2 teachers and a driver killed in a road accident.

By Jeff Mwaura –

Dodoma – At least 35 people are reported to have been killed in a road accident in northern Tanzania, police said Saturday.

Those killed were 32 students, two teachers, and a bus driver.

According to Arusha Region Police Commander Charles Mkumbo, the accident occurred after a bus carrying students lost control, slipped off the road and crashed near Mlera River in Meatu District.

Photos circulating on social media and local Medias in Tanzania show residents trying  to rescue survivors at the scene of an accident  along the Arusha-Karatu highway in Tanzania’s northern tourist region of Arusha.

President John Magufuli has already sent condolences to families of the victims.

Statistics released by Tanzanian Police in Dar es Salaam indicate that road accidents and traffic offences in the city increased last year, compared to the previous year 2015.

Residents attempt to rescue survivors at the scene of an accident that killed schoolchildren, teachers and a minibus driver along the Arusha-Karatu highway in Tanzania’s northern tourist region of Arusha, May 6, 2017. @ Reuters

According to the statistics 2016 had 5,219 accidents compared to 3,710 in 2015, an increase of 35 per cent. He said the deaths in road accidents last year were 325 while in 2015 a total of 316 people died in such mishaps.

The increase was equivalent to 2.5 per cent. Last year road accident injuries were 4,066 compared to 654 in 2015; the increase was equivalent to 16 per cent.

Edited by Nangayi Guyson

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