A group of 23 relatives and friends were killed in central Kenya after their minibus lost control, hit the barrier of a bridge and crashed down a rocky slope before landing in a dry river bed, police officials said Sunday.
National police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said the driver of the minibus may have fallen asleep before the crash late Saturday. The crash happened nearly 90 miles (about 140 kilometers) east of the capital, Nairobi. He said 15 passengers were seriously injured.
Regional police chief Marcus Ochola said passengers were traveling together on wedding-related business.
He said the group of 38 relatives and friends were returning to their hometown of Kangundo late Saturday after successfully negotiating the bride's dowry.
"The driver lost control and hit the edge of a bridge which was very high and the vehicle landed beneath that bridge on the rock occasioning the 23 deaths," Ochola said.
Road crashes are common in Kenya and are often blamed on reckless driving and the poor state of the roads in the East African nation.