At least 51 killed and 32 injured in vehicle crash in Kenya, police and Red Cross say

A truck accident in western Kenya killed at least 51 people and injured 32, according to police and the Kenya Red Cross Society.

The incident: A truck crashed into several vehicles and market traders near the Rift Valley town of Londiani on Friday evening.
* Police at the scene counted 51 bodies, with more people believed to be trapped in the wreckage.
* The Kenya Red Cross Society reported 32 injuries, and stipulated that rescue efforts were interrupted due to heavy rainfall, with some people still trapped.

Government response: The government plans to relocate markets away from highways to prevent future accidents.
* Transport Minister Kipchumba Murkomen stated that markets would be moved, following his visit to the scene on Saturday.
* President William Ruto described the accident as “distressing” and urged motorists to exercise caution in a condolence tweet to the bereaved families.

Ongoing recovery operations: The Kenya Red Cross Society is providing support and has set up stations at hospitals for reports of missing persons.
* The organization asked Kenyans to donate blood and is providing psychological support to those affected by the accident.
* As of Friday, police expected rescue operations to continue throughout the night.

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