A school vehicle belonging to St Mary’s Nyamagwa Girls High School in Kisii was involved in a serious accident on Friday as it took a short trip around to celebrate the new school bus.
The vehicle packed with students tipped over onto its side, killing at least ten.
According to medical personnel at the Kisii Level 5 hospital, teacher and the bus driver also died in the accident, making it a total of twelve.
Nyanza Regional Traffic Commander Andrew Naibei said that the accident took place along the Itumbe-Igare road. The commander also confirmed that the victims were returning from a trip to celebrate the arrival of the new vehicle when the incident occurred.
Normally, this type of accident has a higher fatality rate than other types of vehicle collisions and are of two categories: tripped and untripped, the traffic Commander said.
Tripped rollover always occurs from an external impact, like a curb or a clash with another vehicle.
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Untripped is caused by the vehicle’s steering input, speed, and friction with the ground and when cornering forces destabilize the vehicle. The latter is said to be the cause of today’s tragedy.
A witness stated that the driver, who was seemingly new at driver, attempted to negotiate a corner but the 71-seater bus lost control. Some other witnesses say the accident occurred when the driver tried to avoid hitting a car ahead of it as it slowed down at bumps.
Hospital CEO Enock Ondari said 68 others were being treated with serious injuries with about five being in a critical condition. Hospitals officials are asking those in the surrounding neighbourhood to donate blood for effective treatment.
The accident comes in the wake of another incident along Lang’ata road that resulted in the death of two girls.
Education Cabinet Secretary Belio Kipsang has called on school administrators to adhere to Ministry guidelines on road safety to protect their charges.