Tragedy struck on Saturday June 3 in Tanzania when thirty-two primary school children, two teachers and a minibus driver were killed when their vehicle plunged into a roadside ravine in the northern tourist region of Arusha, a senior police official said.
According to police commander, Charles Mkumbo who spoke to Reuters on telephone, “The accident happened when the bus was descending on a steep hill in rainy conditions. 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 in Karatu district, were standard seven (final year) pupils, aged 12 to 13, from the Lucky Vincent primary school on their way to another school to sit for mock exams when the accident happened.
President John Magufuli described the accident as a “national tragedy” in a statement.