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Survivors recount fatal accident that left 8 dead, 17 injured

22 April 2016, 15:19 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Survivors of the Thursday night horror accident at Mutsava along Chavakali-Kapsabet road in Vihiga County that left 8 people dead and 17 injured, say it is a miracle they are still alive.

Lilian Musimbi, who is six-months pregnant and survived the crash together with her 5-year-old son, says she does not even recall what happened.

"We were heading home from Eldoret. We were almost arriving and all of a sudden a crash. The next thing when we open our eyes in the morning, we are finding ourselves in hospital," said Musimbi who sustained serious injuries on her limbs and head.

She added, "I don't know if my unborn child is safe in the stomach. But I thank God I survived the crash." 

Mary Ondeche, who comes from Emuhaya and was among the group of people on road, said she just woke up while in hospital, and couldn't remember anything else apart from walking along the road the previous evening.

According to Susan Nyokabi, who was in the lorry that caused the accident, they were travelling from Kisumu and had dropped their final luggage at Shamakhokho market before heading home.

"We had not gone far when we rammed into the oncoming matatu. We were only two in the lorry and we both sustained serious injuries," said Nyokabi.

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Some of those critically injured could not talk by Friday morning, as doctors tried to help resuscitate them.

The accident that claimed many lives occurred after the driver of the lorry rammed into an oncoming matatu while trying to avoid pedestrians who were dancing on the road, at around 8pm.

Hamisi sub-County police boss, Lucy Kanunu said six people died on the spot while two others succumbed to injuries while being rushed to hospital.

"The road accident involved a canter and matatu. The driver of the canter lost control of his vehicle when he tried to avoid a group of dancers who were on road on the side he was driving from," said Kananu.

All the passengers in the 14-seater matatu and the two who were aboard the lorry were either injured or died, together with several pedestrians.

The injured say the matatu was carrying in excess of 18 passengers before the fatal crash happened.

Vihiga County referral hospital medical superintendent Emmanuel Ayodi said they received an emergency response concerning the accident and managed to marshal the team to attend to those injured throughout the night.

"Our ambulances that were on standby managed to bring in seventeen patients at night, who were then all attended to and are in stable condition," said Ayodi.

He added, "Only one patient was referred to Kisumu for further evaluation and management as he had sustained serious multiple injuries on several sections of his body." 

Bodies of the eight who died were taken to the county referral hospital mortuary in Mbale.

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