One die, 12 injured after bus hits elephant in Tsavo

One person died and 12 others were seriously injured after a passenger bus hit an elephant at Manyani area in Voi sub-county along Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.

The 2a.m accident involved a Chania Executive Bus heading towards Nairobi, when an elephant walked across the road.

The driver attempted to avoid the jumbo but the bus was speeding. He hit the elephant whose impact caused the bus to overturn.

The bus was extensively damaged, with the driver dying on the spot.

A dozen of other passengers sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Moi County referral Hospital in Voi for treatment.

The elephant is said to have limped off into the park.

Manyani area is considered as a wildlife corridor where elephants and other wild animals cross the highway from Tsavo East National Park.

The migratory corridor extends to Man-eaters area where animal movement is frequent. During the construction of SGR, the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) constructed a 1.5km overpass for the train to avoid interfering with movement of wildlife during migration times.

Speaking to KNA on Sunday, County Police Commander, Fred Ochieng confirmed incident, adding that preliminary investigations showed that the bus might have been speeding.

He called for caution on the part of drivers, especially while driving at night when visibility was poor.

Drivers should always avoid the temptation to speed even when the road is clear. This is more so when driving inside the National Park where animals are crossing the highway without any warning, he said.

In another accident involving another passenger bus belonging to Dreamline Company, a boda boda rider died after the bus hit him from behind at Ndii area on Sunday morning. The bus, headed to Mombasa was said to have been speeding.

A passenger on the boda boda sustained slight injuries and was treated and discharged.

Ochieng said it was becoming a habit for passenger buses to flout traffic rules with impunity at night and during the wee morning hours, when traffic along the bust highway was light.

He urged members of public to be vigilante and inform police, over cases of indiscipline involving drivers along the highway.

It is all our responsibility to inform relevant authorities, when you see drivers misbehaving on the road. Only through such cooperation can we save lives, said Ochieng.

Source: Kenya News Agency