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Kenya Death Toll Revised To 74

March 30, 2000

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Police on Thursday reduced the death toll in a head-on bus crash to 74 and said a British man was among the dead.

The death toll was placed at 101 in Wednesday’s accident in western Kenya when two buses travelling in opposite directions crashed head on and burst into flames.

``There’s a high possibility that a Briton was killed in the crash, and we’re trying to verify the fact now,″ British Embassy spokesman Rufus Drabble said. ``A British man who was expected to take that route yesterday has not been heard from since.″

The man’s name was not released.

A police statement also said five Asians and two Arabs were among the dead, but it was difficult to ascertain whether they were Kenyan citizens.

The statement said 61 people were still hospitalized following the crash just outside the tea-growing center of Kericho, 140 miles northwest of Nairobi.

It said among the dead were 40 women, 37 men and 7 children.

According to unofficial figures, the accident would still be the worst in Kenya’s 37 years of independence.

Although most long-distance buses in Kenya are licensed to carry 62 passengers, most carry many more and often double the official limit.

Highway accidents are commonplace in Kenya where roads and vehicles are often in poor repair.

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