10 Kenyans die in Sunday bus accident

January 2, 2011 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2- Ten people have been killed in a grisly road accident near Limuru on the Nairobi- Nakuru highway early Sunday morning.

The accident which occurred at around 4am left close to 40 others nursing serious injuries.

According to Central Deputy Provincial Police Officer Gedion Amalla, the accident occurred when the driver of a passenger bus tried to overtake a saloon car but lost control of the vehicle.

The bus which then rolled several times before landing in a ditch was on its way to Nairobi from Kakamega.

Some survivors said the bus was speeding at the time of the accident.

“I really don’t know how the bus lost control; I just saw it upside down,” recounts Hellen Masinde, one of the survivors who suffered hand injuries.

“The bus was speeding and I complained several times telling people the driver was endangering our lives but no one supported me,” remembers Florence Kadogo another survivor.

“But before we departed from Kakamega, there is a pastor who came to the bus, he preached and then when people did not give offertory, he said he has cursed us and some of us told him not to wish anyone death,” she added..

Tigoni District Hospital Senior Medical Officer Dr M Kioko said they received 37 patients most of whom had suffered deep cut wounds and fractures. She said one of the patients, a four year old died on arrival at the hospital.

“We are treating 25 of the survivors as outpatient but most of them will undergo an X-ray so we cannot tell for sure whether they will all be discharged,” she said.

She added that six of the survivors were admitted to the hospital, three adults and three children.

Four others were referred to Kenyatta National Hospital but one died on the way.

The driver of the bus and seven others died on the spot.

Road accidents have become rampant especially during the festive period and according to police statistics, the country loses close to 3,000 people annually to road accidents. This translates to an average loss of about 10 lives daily.

Earlier last month President Mwai Kibaki pleaded with motorists to drive safely and observe speed limits set by the law to guard against accidents on the country’s roads.


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