Dozens killed in Tanzania school bus crash

BY BBC NEWS/NAMULONGO PETER,6TH MAY 2017-More than 30 people – almost all of them schoolchildren – have been killed in a bus crash in northern Tanzania, officials say.

They say the bus plunged off the road in a steep ravine near the town of Karatu.

A number of people were injured. Officials are now trying to remove dead bodies from the vehicle.

The students from a primary school in Arusha were travelling to another school to sit an exam.

The final year pupils from the Lucky Vincent school – believed to be aged between 12 and 14 – were on their way to take mock exams when the accident happened on Saturday morning.

Two teachers and the driver were also killed.

President John Magufuli said the accident was a “national tragedy”.

“This accident extinguishes the dreams of these children who were preparing to serve the nation, it is an immense pain for the families involved and for the whole nation,” he said.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

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