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17 injured as lorry hits bus along Nakuru-Eldoret highway

Wednesday January 22 2020

The bus which rolled at Migaa

The bus which rolled, injuring 19 people, after it was hit by a speeding lorry at Migaa along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway on January 22, 2020. PHOTO | COURTESY 

PHYLLIS MUSASIA
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Seventeen people are recuperating at Molo Sub-County Hospital after they were injured in a road accident at Migaa along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.

The Wednesday morning accident involved a lorry and a bus which were both heading to Nakuru.

According to the hospital’s superintendent, Dr Bernard Warui, the victims were taken to the hospital by Kenya Red Cross officials at about 8.30am.

“Most of them sustained minor injuries and they are all in a stable condition. Nurses have taken them through various tests and treated them accordingly. No referral has been made so far,” said Dr Warui.

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Two other people who sustained serious injuries were rushed to Nakuru Level Five Hospital where they have been admitted.

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According to a volunteer with the Kenya Red Cross, 15 other people who were slightly injured were treated at the scene.

Nakuru County Police Commander Stephen Matu said the 63-seater bus belonging to Tosha Express was hit from behind by a speeding lorry, making it to roll into a ditch.

The lorry, which appeared to have experienced brake failure, sped off even as police tried to stop it.

“The speed at which that lorry was travelling was not normal at all. The driver was totally out of control and could not be stopped whatsoever,” Mr Matu said.

LORRY HOOTING

Witnesses said the lorry was hooting loudly and vehicles that were in front of it could been seen giving way for it to pass.

“The bus was travelling at an average speed and, as the driver tried to give way to the speeding lorry, it was smashed from behind, forcing it into a trench,” said John Mwamba, a witness.

Mr Matu said police were looking for the lorry driver.

“Brake failure can be troubling especially on a busy highway. But it was rude for the driver to speed off after knowing that he had caused an accident that involved lives of innocent people. What if deaths occurred?” Mr Matu asked.

He said it would have been respectful of the driver to find a way of stopping the lorry or directing it to a nearby police station.