Update: ‘National tragedy’ as 32 children killed

An unverified photo shared on social media claims to show the crash where over 30 schoolchildren were killed when their bus crashed into a ravine near the Ngorongoro conservation area.

Update  – 20:45: The death toll in the crash now stands at 33 children.

Two children are reported to be in critical condition.

A bus crash killed 32 children, 2 teachers and a driver crashed in northern Tanzania on Saturday, May 6.

The standard seven students from Lucky Vincent primary school in Arusha were travelling to take a mock exam at another school.

Their bus crashed into a ravine near Karatu, northwest of Arusha, near the Ngorongoro conservation area.

Photos shared on social media showed the bodies of over a dozen children in school uniforms gathered on the side of the road.

The BBC reports that several passengers survived.

A statement from the State House says President John Magufuli expressed ‘shock and great sadness’ and called the crash a ‘national tragedy.’

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