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December 17, 2018

Only 17 bodies in Fort Ternan crash identified as death toll hits 56

At least 56 people were killed in an accident on the Londiani-Muhoroni highway on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. /COURTESY
At least 56 people were killed in an accident on the Londiani-Muhoroni highway on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. /COURTESY

Only 17 bodies have been identified as the death toll in the Fort Ternan accident rose to 56.

Kericho County Police Commander James Mugera said out of the 56, 35 are men, 13 women and 8 children perished in the Wednesday morning accident on the Londiani-Muhoroni Highway in Kericho.

The Kericho government has appealed to volunteers to donate blood for the survivors.

In a statement, Kericho governor Paul Chepkwony said the survivors include one child, six women and nine men who are receiving treatment.

Read: [VIDEO] Death toll in Fort Ternan crash in Kericho climbs to 50

"Of the survivors, one has undergone surgery at the Kericho County Referral Hospital, one has been transferred to Kapkatet Hospital for a CT scan and the rest have been admitted to Kericho County Referral Hospital," Chepkwony said.

He said the county government will meet the cost of treatment for all the survivors.

The governor said the county and the Kenya Red Cross Society have established an information desk and call centre at the Kericho Referral Hospital.

"Those wishing to find out more information can contact 0715820219 or 0735680356 any time of the day and night for as long as the process of identification of bodies will take place,” the county boss said.

The Kericho County Referral Hospital has also set up a blood donation centre.

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