Girl killed, several injured in Mandera bus crash

Sunday November 5 2017

Makkah bus accident.

The Makkah bus that overturned on the Rhamu-Elwak road in Mandera County on November 5, 2017. A nine-old-girl died on the spot while several passengers were injured and taken to hospital. PHOTO | COURTESY 

By MANASE OTSIALO
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A nine-year-old girl was killed and many people were injured in Mandera County on Sunday after a bus overturned in Rhamu Town.

Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said the Makkah bus was coming into Mandera from Nairobi County.

TYRE BURST

Rhamu OCPD Anthony Murioki told the Nation on the phone that the accident was caused by a front tyre burst.

"We suspect the bus was speeding and the tyre burst led to loss of control," he said.

According to the OCPD, two people were seriously injured and many others suffered minor injuries.

The injured passengers were taken to Rhamu Sub-County Hospital, while the two with serious injuries were transferred to Mandera County Referral Hospital – some 90km away.

The bus left Nairobi on Friday evening and arrived in Elwak on Saturday evening for an overnight stay. It then proceeded to Mandera Town on Sunday morning under armed police escort.