Blame game takes centre stage in Mutindwa crash
31 October 2013, 10:50
Nairobi - As the driver of the bus involved in the horrific and fatal crash that killed eleven people on Wednesday waited to hear his fate in court, the bus company blamed the crash on informal traders for the accident.
Umoinner, which has reportedly lost its operating licence following the accident that occurred in Nairobi, absolved its driver from blame but accused vendors setting up structures along the railway line impaired visibility in the area.
The driver to the ill-fated bus that was hit by a train en-route to Nairobi from Umoja was arrested and will soon be arraigned in court on charges of reckless driving.
The 43-year-old driver had escaped shortly after the accident before the police pursued him.
“The driver escaped shortly after the accident after realizing that he was responsible for the accident and the gathering mob could turn on him,” said James Omondi, a witness.
The bus is said to have taken on a shortcut to town in a bid to avoid traffic jam on the main highway.
Sources indicate that the Umoinner Bus Company license has been revoked.
It becomes the second Passenger Service Vehicle (PSV) to face license revocation after that of the City-to-City Bus Company that was revoked after claiming 41 lives in an accident authorities blamed on human error.
The traffic department had earlier announced that managers of PSV would face criminal charges in court if it were established that accidents involving their vehicles were due human errors. The traffic department is embarking on such stringent measures in an effort to curb road carnage that claims over 3 000 lives annually.
– CAJ News