An accident in Mandera has left many people injured and a nine year-old dead after a bus overturned in Rhamu Town.
Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia said the Makkah bus was coming into Mandera from Nairobi County. Anthony Murioki, Rhamu OCPD confirmed the accident. He said the accident was caused by a front tyre burst.
“We believe the bus was speeding and the tyre burst led to loss of control,” he said. According to the OCPD, two people were gravely wounded and many others suffered minor injuries.
The wounded passengers were taken to Rhamu Sub-County Hospital, whereas the two with severe injuries were moved to Mandera County Referral Hospital – about 90km away.
The bus left Nairobi on Friday evening and got there in Elwak on Saturday evening for an overnight stay. It then continued to Mandera Town on Sunday morning under armed police escort.
National Transport and Safety and Authority said statistics show that accidents cause most of the mortality cases. NTSA Director General Francis Meja says with approximately 80 percent of accidents being credited to human error in the nation the new curriculum launched by the authority for use in driving schools will re-establish common sense on the roads.
At least 3,000 people die from road accidents yearly with more than 20,000 being left momentarily or permanently paralyzed according to the National Transport and Safety Authority.