6 January 2014

Kenya: Five Perish, 25 Injured in Malindi Crash

Medical experts at the Malindi district hospital attend to a critically injured survivor of the Najaah road accident that claimed lives of four people at Kadzuhoni area along the Lamu Malindi road. photo Alphonce Gari

Five people died and 25 others were injured after a bus lost control at Kadzuhoni in Malindi on Saturday. The Najaah Company bus hit a bump build on the road by locals. It was on its way to Malindi from Lamu.

Three people died on the spot. Among the dead was a resident, who was erecting a bump, the conductor of a matatu that had parked on the roadside and a passenger, who was in the bus. The fourth victim was the conductor of the bus. He died while undergoing treatment at the High Definition Unit in Malindi District Hospital.

The conductor was allegedly trapped by the door of the bus, which landed on its side when the accident occurred. Another victim was a passerby who was hit by the vehicle immediately after the driver lost control. Witnesses said the driver of the bus was not aware of the bump, which forced him to apply emergency brakes, leading to the accident.

Hundreds of curious helped to take the survivors to Malindi District Hospital. Officers from Malindi police station and Gongoni AP, and Kenya Red Cross officials rushed to the scene to assist the injured. Bashaal Omar, one of the survivors who were in the bus, told journalists at Malindi District Hospital that he was awoken by a loud bang and saw the bus flying in the air.

Timothy Odhiambo, a witness, said the bus rolled once and landed on the left side of the road, leading to the deaths and multiple injuries. "We tried our best to save the passengers trapped in the bus but unfortunately four died," he said. The area MCA Albert Kiraga blamed the accident on potholes and Mathenge trees which are many on the the Lamu road.

At Malindi District Hospital, doctors said they first received three casualties who were critically injured. One of them died while undergoing treatment. Kenya Red Cross officials also helped in transferring 23 victims from the scene to the hospital. Family members of the victims went to the hospital immediately. The accident happened as the government tries to reduce road carnage.

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