Tuesday, 7 May 2013

NEWS One dead, 10 injured in Kisumu bus accident

One dead, 10 injured in Kisumu bus accident
nation By LILIAN OCHIENG’      
One person died and 10 others suffered serious injuries following a road accident at Awasi on the Kisumu-Nairobi road.
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) West Kenya region assistant manager Emmanuel Owako said the victim's body was removed to the Ahero District Hospital Mortuary.
“The accident took place at around 5 am Tuesday morning and we responded immediately by carrying the victims to Ahero District Hospital, most had sustained head injuries, fractures on limbs and were later taken to Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu for treatment”, Mr Owako told Nation.
The accident involved an Easy Coach bus travelling from Nairobi to Busia. The driver lost control on reaching Awasi.The bus had 35 passengers on board.
"The accident was heightened by the fact that the Awasi road is very steep and under construction and there was a heavy downpour at the time of the accident. This worked against the driver," Western region Easy Coach Operations Manager Samuel Nyakundi said.
Mr Nyakundi said the bus rolled several times and the injured were receiving treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu.
“So far, I have been able to talk to one girl who sustained a fracture. The rest have been taken for surgery," said Mr Nyakundi.
Nyando police boss Elias Gitonga confirmed the accident saying that investigations had been launched.
“We cannot, of course, rule out the situation of the road and the heavy downpour, one sure thing is that there was no other vehicle involved in the accident, the driver just lost control," Mr Gitonga said.