Five injured in Mandera after bus front wheels come off

Friday January 5 2018

Mandera bus mishap

The Nairobi-bound bus from Mandera which lost control on January 4, 2018 after its front wheels came off. Five passengers were injured in the incident. PHOTO | BRUHAN MAKONG | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Five passengers were slightly injured Thursday evening when a Nairobi-bound bus from Mandera lost control after its front wheels came off.

The incident happened between Tarbaj and Lafaley in Wajir County.

One passenger suffered deep leg injuries during the 5pm incident.

Wajir County Traffic Base Commander James Cheptiony confirmed the incident, saying that the hangers of the front wheels of the vehicle broke making the bus to lose control.

“This evening, a bus which was headed to Nairobi from Mandera was involved in an accident after the hangars holding the front tires of the vehicle broke,” said the commander.

Mr Cheptiony said that the bus belonging to Makkah bus company was ferrying at least 50 passengers at the time.

He added that the injured were rushed to Wajir Referral Hospital for treatment.

However, some passengers blamed the poor state of roads and speeding by drivers to be the main cause of such incidents in the area.

“The roads in this part of the country are in a really bad state and most of the time we get lucky travelling using the route,” said one of the passengers who spoke to Nation.