At least 51 school children have been rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital after their bus overturned on Lang’ata Road in Nairobi on Wednesday.
The pupils of Meru’s Victorian Academy were among those attending the ongoing 90th edition of the Kenya National Music Festival.
The festival started out on Monday at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Simon Ithai, hospital head of corporate affairs, could not comment on the extent of injuries sustained.
However, reports indicate that seven of the pupils were seriously injured while most of them are traumatized. It is alleged that 64 persons were in the 51-seater bus belonging to Nakaski Sacco at the time of the accident.
According to KNH, most of the pupils may be discharged after two hours but the critically injured will be admitted for further treatment.
At the same time, 35 pupils and two teachers from Chuka/Igambang’ombe Primary School in Tharaka-Nithi escaped death after their school bus got involved in a car crash.
The accident took place at the Ruguri Bridge along the Meru-Embu road on Wednesday. They, too, were travelling to Nairobi for the National Music Festivals when the accident occurred along the Meru-Embu road
The bus fell into a ditch after going off the road, as the driver tried to avoid a head-on collison with two oncoming lorry that blocked two lanes of the road.
Some by-standers ran to their rescue to evacuate the pupils after hearing the loud bang. Nicholus Mutegi said he rushed to the scene after hearing a loud bang followed by screams.
The group waited for some hours at a tea collection centre close to the scene of accident, and was later picked by another bus to proceed with the journey to Nairobi.