One passenger has been confirmed dead, while 32 others are currently recuperating at the Machakos Level 5 hospital after being involved in an accident at Malili area along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.
According to Machakos Director of Emergency and Rescue Services, Dr. David Mwongela, the accident occurred at around 5.30 am Sunday and it involved a Nairobi bound bus which was traveling from Mombasa.
Initial investigations indicate the driver of the bus was trying to overtake a convoy of vehicles when he collided head-on with an oncoming trailer.
Mwongela said as a result 29 adults and three children were rushed to the said hospital and admitted. He said majority of the victims suffered soft tissue injuries and none is currently in danger.
“We received a total of 32 victims at the Machakos Level 5 hospital this morning who had been involved in a road accident at the Malili area. Among the casualties are three children while the rest are adults. Majority of the passengers who are admitted here suffered soft tissue injury but doctors attending them are currently on top of things,” he said.
Police reports indicate the driver of the bus fled from the scene immediately after the incident and is currently being sought.
According to National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) 2,263 people have lost their lives since the beginning of this year, a shocking increase compared to 1,927 in 2018.
Kenya loses at least 3,000 people on the roads every year, making it among the leading countries in the world with the highest highway carnage.
By Samuel Maina