A police official says 23 passengers were killed after their minibus lost control, hit the barrier of a bridge and rolled over rocks in central Kenya.

National police spokesman Eric Kiraithe said on Sunday the driver of the minibus may have fallen asleep before the crash late Saturday. The crash happened nearly about 140 km east of the capital, Nairobi.

Mr. Kiraithe says 15 passengers travelling to the town of Makueni were seriously injured and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Regional police chief Marcus Ochola says the passengers were travelling together after negotiating dowry before a wedding.

Road crashes are common in Kenya and are often blamed on reckless driving and the poor state of the roads in the East African nation.

More In: International | News