2 Confirmed Dead, Scores Others Seriously Hurt As Bus, Lorry Collide Along Thika-Garissa Rd.


The wreckage of the ill-fated bus that caused the death of two people on the spot near Ngoliba, Thika East Sub-County.
A head-on collision between a mini-bus and a lorry left two people dead and scores others seriously injured on the Thika-Garissa Road near the Kenchick factory at Ngoliba, Thika East Sub-County early this morning.

The accident occurred at around 6am when the driver of the bus attempted to overtake another bus on the two-way stretch before it collided head-on with the lorry that was proceeding towards Ukambani from Nairobi.

Such was the impact of the accident that the truck crashed upto the second row of the passenger seats of the bus killing the two people on the spot. The driver of the truck sustained serious body injuries and was among those rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital.

According to Moses Liuka, one of the victims, their bus was being driven at a very high speed as it was in competition with another bus from the same region. As their driver was in the process of overtaking the first bus, they came face to face with an oncoming truck whose driver refused to give way even after realising the danger posed by the overtaking bus.
  
“The main cause of this accident was over speeding by our driver. Some of the passengers had raised their concerns about his dangerous driving but he could hear nothing of the sort. When we came face to face with this lorry, our driver swerved towards the roadside but due to the speed it was being driven, it lost control and rammed the lorry head on,” said Moses.

He claimed that the buses plying that route had a history of careless driving with majority of them being operated without speed governors.

Geoffrey Mutua, the bus conductor, the bus was heading to Nairobi from Tseikuru with about 37 passengers.

Immediately after the accident, the victims were rushed to the nearby Ngoliba Dispensary who later transferred them to Thika Level 5 Hospital.


At the time of our arrival at the hospital, the situation was very dire. The doctors ran up and down receiving the patients, with the most serious ones put on specialised treatment. The victims jammed the casualty area as well as the general theatre, majority of writhing in pain. The situation at the casualty ward was bloody but stable.

“We are currently stabilising the patients and doing the x-rays. We are identifying those who are very critical and those who need surgeries we are going to make arrangements that they get there soonest possible. There is only one very critical condition otherwise all of them are stable as at now. None of the ones we have received has passed away,” said Dr. William Oduor Omondi, the Medical Officer in charge of the case.

Dr. Omondi assured the public that the hospital was well equipped to handle such cases and everything was well in control.

Meanwhile, the driver of the ill-fated bus is said to have ran away immediately after the accident.

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