Death toll from Umoja train-bus crash rises to 12
30 October 2013, 16:51
Nairobi - Twelve people were killed and several others injured Wednesday when a passenger train in Nairobi smashed into a bus at a crossing, police said.
The train crashed into the side of the bus as it crossed the railway line during the peak hours of morning rush hour, police commander Benjamin Nyamae said.
"The number of dead is 12," said Nyamae.
An AFP photographer at the scene said the bus was buckled around the front of the train engine.
"The bus crossed the line as the train came at a high speed... several others are in hospital," said Nairobi police chief Benson Kibui.
The accident, in Nairobi's Eastlands district, took place as the roads were crowded with passengers rushing to get to work.
Several injured wrere taken to hospital, some in a critical condition, Kenya Red Cross said.