At least 20 people including children were reportedly drown on their way to a wedding, in a tragic accident involving a bus falling into a river in southeastern Kenya.
Afriupdate News gathered that more than 30 people were on the bus in the Diocese of Kitui when the coach plunged into the Enziu River as it tried to cross a submerged bridge.
According to reports, about 20 members of a Catholic parish’s St. Cecilia Choir, two religious brothers, and several flower girls are among the dead, all of whom were supposed to be guests at a wedding at St. Joseph Nuu Parish in the Diocese of Kitui, a territory east of Nairobi, which serves over 230,000 Catholics.
In video footage reviewed by Afriupdate News, the driver of the bus can be seen attempting to navigate the vehicle over a submerged bridge before the it fell into the river.
Report further added that the wedding was a marriage convalidation for the brother of a Kitui priest, Father Benson Kityambyu, who lost 11 family members in the accident.
Two daughters and two grandchildren of the couple receiving the sacrament of matrimony were also reportedly killed in the tragedy.
The governor of Kenya’s Kitui County, Charity Kaluki Ngilu, wrote on social media, that “the ill-fated bus wreckage has been retrieved from the river bed and the process of ascertaining whether there are any more bodies still trapped in the wreckage or the river bed continues.”
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta led the nation in sharing his condolences to the bereaved families and wishing a quick recovery to those who were injured.
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