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Vihiga accident victims ferried in lorries

22 April 2014, 09:11 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Victims of a road accident in Vihiga County were Sunday ferried to the hospital for treatment using lorries prompting public outrage over the lack of proper health facilities like ambulances in the region.

One of the lorries that was used was that of a Good Samaritan who was passing by the accident scene and was forced to stop and help transport the victims to the hospital, whereas other victims were ferried to the hospital using police vehicles.

The accident involved a bus that was travelling to Nairobi along the Luanda-Majengo road.

Angry residents said that the county executive for health had promised them ambulances to be used during the emergencies, but the Sunday event indicated that nothing had been done so far.

“How can people who need proper handling and care be transported in a lorry, when there are ambulances designed to do such work?” one member of the public posed.

Vihiga Police boss, Alfred Angengo said that they were conducting investigations and if found guilty, the driver of the bus will be charged.    

“Initial investigations indicate that the driver of the bus lost control while trying to negotiate a corner at Bukuga market, which made the bus to swerve from the road and roll,” Angengo said.

He confirmed that no one had died in the accident and that only five individuals had received major injuries and were hospitalised at the Vihiga Hospital in Mbale.

Survivors alleged that the driver of the bus looked drunk and he tried to speed but on reaching the corner, it defeated him. He escaped and by Sunday, only the conductor had been held hostage at the Vihiga Police Station.

Only a few weeks ago, eight individuals lost their lives near the spot with the matatu they were travelling in catching fire where three individuals were burnt beyond recognition.

The three were buried recently after DNA tests had been conducted to identify them.  

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