A trailer and a school bus accident at Kaburengu junction on the Eldoret-Webuye highway, resulted in the deaths of at least five children and a bus driver on Saturday, June 24.
According to a police report obtained by our media team, the trailer driver lost control of the vehicle due to faulty brakes and crashed into the school bus.
The accident occurred while both vehicles were traveling in the same direction towards Webuye. The bus veered off the road and landed on the left side.
“An unknown driver, who escaped from the scene, was driving a Mercedes Benz vehicle from Eldoret towards Webuye. Upon reaching the accident location and while descending, the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with the right side of an Isuzu bus owned by Ebenezer Academy in Busia, which was carrying an unknown number of pupils. The bus landed on its left side off the road.” The report stated.
It is reported that Four girls and a boy, along with the 48-year-old school bus driver, suffered fatal injuries and died immediately.
The trailer driver managed to flee the scene, while several pupils and staff were rushed to Webuye County Hospital.
“The scene was visited, and necessary action was taken. The bodies of the deceased pupils were moved to Webuye County Hospital Mortuary for identification and postmortem.” The police report added.
Efforts are currently underway to apprehend the runaway driver, according to the police.
According to latest statistics released by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), there have been 1,679 fatalities on Kenyan roads since January 2023.
Pedestrians accounted for 571 of these fatalities, while motorcycle accidents resulted in 449 deaths.
The number of pedestrian fatalities decreased by 4%compared to the same period last year when 1,756 people died across the country.
NTSA mentioned that the increase in signage along major roads contributed to the reduction in accidents, as part of the implemented road safety measures.