Tragedy struck on the morning of Saturday, when a school bus caring students, aged 12 to 14, veered off the road in Tanzania, leading to the death of 36 people out of which 33 were children. This fatal accident was reported in the Rhotia area, about 150 kilometers (92 miles) northeast of the popular tourist city of Arusha, in Tanzania’s northern Karatu District, on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The students were from Lucky Vincent Primary School, who were on their way to take the mock test, until it plunged into ravine. The head master, Ephraim Jackson, in a telephonic conversation said that to mourn the death of the students, the school would remain closed for seven days. Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, have also condole the death of the innocent children in a message to his Tanzanian counterpart, John Magufuli, who termed the incident as “a national tragedy”.
According to Aruba Police Commander Charles Mkumbo, the place where this accident happened is a hiil, with steep slope and was raining at the time of it. He also stated that the investigator are investigating to ascertain the facts as for now it was not known whether the driver was new or the there was a mechanical defect.
According to World Bank, Africa has highest per capita of road death in spite having roughly two percent of world’s vehicle.