The fatal crash happened in the city of Arusha in Tanzania’s Northern Karatu District, on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The primary school students, aged between 12 and 13 years old, were on their way to another school to take an examS.
“Preliminary investigations show that the accident is due to speeding,” regional police chief Charles Mkumbo told the state-run Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation late on Saturday.
“The place where it happened is a hill, with a steep slope, and it was raining when the accident happened,” Aruba Police Commander Charles Mkumbo said.
Two of the students survived but were critically injured. “It’s a huge tragedy,” Innocent Mushi, the school’s director said.
President John Magufuli sent his condolences to the families of the dead.
“This accident extinguishes the dreams of these children who were preparing to serve the nation, it is an immense pain for the families involved and for the whole nation,” Magufuli said in a statement.