13 March 2014

Kenya: Tout in Nandi Hills Crash Says He Warned Driver

SOME of the survivors in the 14-seater matatu that killed 15 people at Chepsangor near Nandi Hills town recounted their ordeal yesterday. One of them said that the tout asked the driver to slow down but was ignored. The matatu was carrying 21 passengers from Eldoret town to Kisii when it was involved in the accident on a dangerous stretch nicknamed Corner Mang'aa.

Godfrey Ondieki, 33, one of the survivors of the Tuesday morning accident was accompanying his parents to Kisii from Eldoret. His father had been discharged from Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. The old man, who died in the accident, had completed a routine medical checkup for a renal ailment. His wife, who stayed with him at the hospital, was killed in the accident.

Ondieki suffered multiple injuries among them a deep cut on the head. "I have lost both of my parents... I was told they died on the spot but I thank God for saving me," he said at Nandi Hills Hospital's male ward.

Four members of Fred Odhiambo's family, who survived were taken to Moi Teaching and Referral hospital for specialised treatment. They were travelling to their rural home in Oyugis, Rachuonyo subcounty for a meeting. Odhiambo, his wife Maurine Akinyi and three daughters Stecia Akoth, 10, Jennifer Atieno, 4, and Faith Adhiambo, 3, had started their day in high hopes.

"We woke up early in the morning for the trip, which seemed unusual as it was on a week day. We wanted to reach home and return safely... so we prayed as we held our hands together," Akinyi told the Star at Nandi Hills Hospital.

Nandi East police boss Patrick Macharia said it was a miracle that the Odhiambo's came out of the matatu alive, which lost control and plunged into a ravine.

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