Migaa tragic accident will forever remain etched in mind of Phoebe Achieng. The morning of December 31 will forever remain etched in the mind of Ph
Migaa tragic accident will forever remain etched in mind of Phoebe Achieng.
The morning of December 31 will forever remain etched in the mind of Phoebe Achieng. Achieng is among the survivors of the horrific road accident that claimed 38 lives at Migaa on the Eldoret-Nakuru highway.
She lost her husband and three children aged two months, two and 14 years barely three hours after boarding the ill-fated bus. And as she lay on a hospital bed in Nakuru yesterday, the fourth child still missing, her pain highlighted the cruelty of the dawn accident that shattered families and cast gloom on New Year’s eve.
Achieng is bitter that repeated protests by passengers against speeding were ignored by the driver, and the last she recalled were screams as the Matunda Sacco bus hurtled along the killer 14km stretch of Sachangwan.
She recounted the bus was zigzagging before she heard a loud bang as it rammed into an oncoming trailer – ripping off the truck’s cabin on impact and the roof of the bus collapsing as metal twisted and glass shattered. Other witnesses said the bus had earlier been flagged down by traffic police officers due to the unusual driving but the driver explained away the out-of-control motion, claiming he had hit a bump.
He was waved on and the bus crashed 30 minutes later.
Another 18 who sustained serious injuries were rushed to the Rift Valley Provincial General hospital and Molo sub-county hospital. Three people died at Molo hospital and another four at Nakuru County Referral hospital.
Fresh blood covered the tarmac, with some bodies slumped inside the death cage that was the bus that had started its journey in Busia but never delivered its passengers to Nairobi, most of whom were returning to the city for new year festivities from upcountry where they had enjoyed Christmas holidays.
Other bodies of those thrown out of the bus on impact lay on the tarmac. Achieng was trapped in the wreckage and she could see her husband, Martin Odol Kendo, 44, and two children also seemingly trapped.