Five injured in Lamu accident

Side of the Simba Coach bus that was involved in the Sunday accident./NATASHA NEMA

Lamu, KENYA: Five people were on Sunday morning injured in an accident involving a Simba Coach Bus and a lorry at Witu area along the Lamu-Malindi highway.

The bus was headed to Nairobi from Mpeketoni when the accident happened.

Confirming the accident shortly after it happened, Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said the accident occurred when the driver of the bus, which had over 50 people on board, tried overtaking the lorry.

He said those injured were rushed to Witu dispensary.

“We thank God there were no fatalities. The five only sustained minor injuries and have been taken to hospital and will most likely be discharged today. The bus wreckage has been towed to the Witu Police station,” said Kanyiri.

The other passengers had to cut short their journey due to the unfortunate incident.

The commissioner said the exact cause of the accident is yet to be established.

“You look at the place where the accident happened, its very open and spacious and that’s why we suspect a case of negligence,” added Kanyiri.

He urged drivers to observe and respect all traffic rules while plying the road so as to avoid putting the lives of their passengers at risk.

After being in a dilapidated state for decades, the 135 km Lamu-Garsen road is now under construction, and is expected to be complete by December 2019 to enable smooth travelling on the route.

Such incidents are not new on the road.

Just last Friday, a Mombasa Raha bus veered off the road at the same area and skid into a thicket.

No one was injured.

In December 2017, several passengers were injured when a Simba Coach bus veered off the road.

In 2016, one person died and several others injured when a T.S.S bus veered off the road and rolled severally at Mkunumbi area.