At least 34 people have been put to slept in a bus crash in Tanzania
The small bus veered off a steep road near the hamlet of Karatu, in Arashu region on Saturday morning and plunged into a river.
The vehichle was unshortened of primary school children from Lucky Vincent school in Arusha, constabulary said.
Innocent Mushi, director of the Lucky Vincent Primary Grammar, said the dead included 12 boys and 17 girls.
Two instructors and the bus driver were also among the dead, according to News.com.au
Individual children were injured in the crash and some were left with revolting injuries.
Regional police commander Charles Mkumbo contemplated that the bus had been travelling from the children’s school in Arusha to Karatu where the tiroes were set to take an exam.
Arusha regional police commander Charles Mkumbo demanded: “The accident happened when the bus was descending on a steep hill in rainy conditions.
“We are motionlessly investigating the incident to determine if it was caused by a mechanical defect or human fluff on the part of the driver.”
Authorities have launched a rescue operation to salvage the trapped bodies.
Images emerging from the scene show a circle of people attempting to stage a rescue.
The yellow bus appears to have loosely careered downhill.
President John Magufuli said the accident was a “national catastrophe”.
He said: “This accident extinguishes the dreams of these children who were cramming to serve the nation, it is an immense pain for the families involved and for the whole state.”
The cause of the bus crash is being investigated.
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