MORE than 30 primary school students have been killed after the bus they were travelling on skidded off a wet road and plunged into a gully in northern Tanzania.
The bus was reportedly carrying students on an excursion from a primary school in Arusha when it lost control in the rain and crashed near the Mlera river in Karatu District.
Thirty-three children aged between 12 and 13 years old were killed in the tragedy, along with two teachers and the bus driver.
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Miraculously, two students survived the crash. They are both in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
Photos posted to social media showed dozens of people forming a human chain to retrieve the bodies.
“The place where it happened is a hill, with a steep slope, and it was raining when the accident happened,” CNN quoted Aruba Police Commander Charles Mkumbo saying.
“We don’t know if the driver was new or if there was a mechanical defect,” he said.
Africa has the highest per capita rate of road deaths in the world. More than 3,500 people were killed in traffic accidents in Tanzania in 2015.