32 students killed in Tanzania school minibus crash

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MNA International Desk: Thirty-two schoolchildren, two teachers and a minibus driver where killed in Tanzania when their vehicle plunged into a roadside ravine in the northern tourist region of Arusha on Saturday, reported news agency.

“The accident happened when the bus was descending on a steep hill in rainy conditions,” said a police.

“We are still investigating the incident to determine if it was caused by a mechanical defect or human error on the part of the driver.”

The students killed in the accident, which occurred at about 9:30am local time in Karatu district, were standard seven pupils, aged 12 to 13, from the Lucky Vincent primary school on their way to visit another school.

President John Magufuli described the accident as a “national tragedy” in a statement. More than 11,000 people were killed in road accidents in Tanzania between 2014 and 2016, according to government data.