At least thirteen school children died, and more than 40 others were injured and hospitalized in a stampede that occurred as they were leaving school in western Kenya on Monday, local police said.
The fatal rush started this afternoon at a primary school in Kakamega. The reason for the panic is still unclear. “We started an investigation to determine what exactly happened,” said police chief David Kabena.
“We have lost thirteen children in this stampede, and we have others in the hospital with injuries,” the police chief in the town of Kakamega, told reporters.
The crash occurred around 5:00 pm when panic broke out as the students were returning home for the day at Kakamega Primary School. The reason for the fear is still unclear.
The Kenya Red Cross said on Twitter that emergency services were responding to a “fatal stampede” at the school and the reason for the panic is still unclear. They offer psychological help to those involved on the spot.