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KENYAN RED CROSS, DAILY NATION (Kenya), AFP, ALL AFRICA

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NAIROBI — At least 41 people died and 27 more were injured in a bus crash in Kenya Thursday morning, the Kenyan Red Cross said.

“It is difficult to tell exactly what happened, but all indications point to speeding and possibly overloading,” police officer Samuel Kimaru told AFP. “It is a horrible scene. Bodies are strewn all over.” The injured were taken to the Narok District Hospital.

Speaking to Kenyan radio station Capital FM News, Kimaru added that it was unclear whether the driver had survived the accident. “We still do not know the whereabouts of the driver. We want to ascertain whether he is among the dead or the injured who have been rushed to hospital.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta blamed the vehicle owners for the accident, according to Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation. He said they are responsible for the maintenance of public service vehicles and that they would be charged along with the driver.

The accident occurred early in the morning outside Narok, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of the capital Nairobi. The bus was traveling from Nairobi to Homa Bay, on the banks of Lake Victoria.

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An exclusive investigation by the Brazilian investigative journalism agency Agência Pública has revealed how the most interacted-with and shared posts in Brazil on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and WhatsApp share data and polls that suggest victory is certain for the incumbent Bolsonaro, as well as propagating conspiracy theories based on false allegations that research institutes carrying out polling have been bribed by Bolsonaro’s main rival, former president Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, or by his party, the Workers’ Party.

Agência Pública’s reporters analyzed the most-shared posts containing the phrase “pesquisa eleitoral” [electoral polls] in the period between the official start of the campaigning period, on August 16, to September 6. The analysis revealed that the most interacted-with and shared posts on social media spread false information or predicted victory for Jair Bolsonaro.

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