At least 11 dead in Tanzania bus accident
At least 25 others were injured when a crowded bus in which they were travelling from Zambia to Kenya overturned in Tanzania.india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 15:26 IST
At least 11 people were killed and 25 injured when a crowded bus in which they were travelling from Zambia to Kenya overturned in southwest Tanzania, police said on Monday.
The accident occurred late on Sunday near the Tanzanian town of Mbeya, some 800 kms south of the country's commercial capital of Dar es Salaam, they said.
Mbeya regional police commander Suleiman Kova told the agency that the bus, which was en route from Lusaka to Nairobi through Tanzania, overturned at the Chimala village.
"We are still investigating on the cause of the accident," he said, saying it was too early to identify the dead by name or nationality.
Road accidents are common in the east African nation and police usually blame them on violations of the traffic regulations, poor road or vehicle conditions and exhaustion among long-distance drivers.
In June, two horrific accidents, one involving an overloaded bus and one involving a cargo truck, killed at least 84 people in northern Tanzania.