By Ivan Mwine
At 33 people are confirmed to have died on spot after a passenger bus fell off a bridge and plunged into a river in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya.
Although investigations into what could have caused the tragedy are still ongoing, authorities suspect the brakes failed and stopped the bus driver from making a sharp turn on a bridge, hence driving off the bridge and falling in the river.
Newspapers The Daily Nation and Standard reported the bus was travelling from Meru to the port city of Mombasa when it swerved off Nithi Bridge in Tharaka Nithi County on Sunday night, at around 6:30Pm.
However, rescuers were forced to suspend the rescue mission till Monday morning due to darkness and the rough terrain at the accident scene.
But authorities reveal they have not yet established exactly how many passengers were on board and if there were any survivors.
Officials said initial investigations showed the Modern Coast company vehicle’s brakes may have failed as it travelled at high speed over the bridge, which resulted into the accident, although a conclusive report about the incident shall be released in due time.