Two students and a member of staff from Turkana killed in a road accident

Two Students and a member of staff from secondary schools in Turkana County perished Friday morning in a road accident at Kaptimbor area near Kabarnet town, Baringo.

Another person and five students are fighting for their lives at Moi Teaching and Referral hospital and St. Lukes Hospital in Eldoret after they were evacuated for specialized treatment.

Three students were undergoing surgical operations at Baringo County Referral hospital by the time of going to the press while 25 others were being observed at the hospitals wards.

The bus ferrying four teams representing Turkana County in the Rift Valley Regional Ball games was heading to Turkana County when it lost control, veered off the road and rolled six times before landing on its roof.

The AGC Lokichar Secondary bus was ferrying 45 male students, four members of staff, a conductor and a driver from three other schools namely, Loima, Katilu and Lodwar high schools.

Confirming the incident, Baringo County Police commander, Peter Ndung’u said the three lost their lives on the spot adding; they were investigating the cause of the accident.

Rebecca Kiplagat who was among the witnesses at the scene said the bus veered off the road and rolled several times down the cliff as helpless students screamed for help.

It is not the first time an accident has occurred at this black spot, another General Service Unit vehicle killed four officers at the same bend, we are asking both the County and the national government to construct a wall and erect road signs to warn drivers, she said.

Shadrack Nadigo, a survivor from Lokichar boys’ high school, said the bus rolled six times and he was thrown outside the vehicle alongside a teacher and several students.

He said the driver was new to the road and may not have been able to negotiate the sharp bend before they went down the escapement.

Baringo County Referral Hospital medical superintendent, Dr. Stephen Kalya, said a total of 41 students and three teachers were admitted at their facility.

Three are still in the theatre but are in stable condition as other six are being referred to St Luke hospital in Eldoret, said Dr. Kalya.

Baringo County Executive of Health, Andrew Kwonyike thanked the medical teams, Red Cross, and members of the public who assisted the injured.

He assured the residents of Turkana that most of the students were in stable condition and would be discharged soon.

The Rift Valley regional coordinator of education, Ms. Mary Gaturu said the government will foot the hospital bills and other medical expenses.

I have spoken with our cabinet secretary and principal secretary and we are keenly following the situation. We are contacting the relatives of the students and find a way of delivering the sad news, added Gaturu.

She called on the schools to adhere to the set transport regulations and termed the accident as unfortunate.

Source: Kenya News Agency