, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – A school bus ferrying students from Kahuhia Girls was involved in an accident with another school bus on the Nakuru-Naivasha Highway on Tuesday, killing one of the students and a driver.
The students were coming from the National Music Festivals in Nakuru when the Murang’a High School bus they were travelling in collided with one from Vidhu Ramji School.
The driver of the Murang’a High School bus later succumbed to his injuries at the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital where he had been rushed for treatment.
One other student is admitted to the same hospital while 16 others are at the St Mary’s Mission hospital in Elementaita.
The exact number of the injured students is yet to be established.
While reacting to news of the fatal accident, Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua noted that there were more than 100,000 school children in Nakuru for the music festivals and it was important for them to be ferried back home safely.
“I want to ask all school bus drivers entrusted with the lives of school children to be more cautious on the road especially after the music festivals ends,” he urged.
Tuesday’s accident comes about a month after another accident involving students occurred in Kisii where up to 20 students died alongside four teachers.
The bus belonging to Rioma Secondary School is said to have been overloaded with more than 60 students at the time of the accident.
And on April 26, five students who were on a school trip to Lake Bogoria died while several of their colleagues were injured after their school bus was involved in an accident in Koibatek.
The students of Nambale Boys High School were on their way to the lake when the accident occurred.
According to police and witnesses, the accident occurred when the school bus attempted to overtake a light truck before the driver lost control and hit the truck from behind, ripping part of it.