On a rainy Saturday morning, a school bus from Tanzania swerved off a steep road and fell into a ravine. The bus was full of students, ages 12 to 13-years-old. This tragic accident led to 36 deaths, 33 of which were children.
The deadly crash occurred in the city of Arusha in Tanzania’s northern Karatu District, on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
“The place where it happened is a hill, with a steep slope, and it was raining when the accident happened,” Aruba Police Commander Charles Mkumbo said.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing. Authorities are trying to determine what caused the vehicle to swerve off the road. “We don’t know if the driver was new or if there was a mechanical defect,” said Mkumbo.
Tanzanian President John Magufuli felt “great shock and sadness” regarding the school bus crash. “The accident has cut short the dreams of students who were preparing to serve the nation,” Magufuli said.
According to government data, more than 3,000 people are killed on Tanzania’s roads.
Where is Tanzania?
Tanzania is a country in southeastern Africa. This nation has a population of over 53 million people.