33 school children among 36 people killed in horror bus crash in Tanzania

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.


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.