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8 students nursing injuries after another bus tragedy

Just 2 day after 18 people perished in a grisly road accident in Nakuru, some eight students are nursing serious injuries at Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital (NTRH) after their bus overturned at Burguret area, along Nyeri -Nanyuki highway on Friday.

The students from Mariira secondary school, Kigumo constituency in Muranga County  were on board the KCD 155G bus and  heading for an academic trip at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki at the time of accident. The eight students were admitted at NTRH

Confirming the incident, Laikipia County Director In charge of health, Dr. Waihenya Mwangi said, 26 students had mild injuries and were being treated.

“We have students who have been involved in a road accident along Nyeri-Nanyuki highway and as a hospital we are doing our best to treat them. The eight are critically injured and they will be transferred to theatre,” revealed Dr. Mwangi.

He said the rest of the students who were in the bus were being counselled since they were traumatized due to the accident.

Dr. Mwangi said plans were underway to reach out to parents and notify them about the accident and at the same time clarified that no death was reported.

It was alleged the school had also hired another bus from Karega secondary school that was ferrying other students from the same school heading for the academic trip.

According to John Mutero, a boda boda operator at Burguret said that the area was a black spot and urged for the installation of bumps to slow down the speed of vehicles.

The cause of the accident was not immediately established and the bus wreckage was towed to Narumoru police station in Nyeri County.

Eighteen Pwani University students died and scores of others were seriously injured when their college bus lost control before it collided head-on with an oncoming matatu at Kayole area long the Nairobi – Naivasha highway Thursday.

By Muturi Mwangi

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