A survivor of the recent Super Metro bus crash on the Kisumu-Nairobi Highway, which claimed 17 lives after colliding with a lorry, has provided a chilling account of the events leading up to the fatal incident.
Aziz Abubakar, still shaken from the ordeal, spoke to the press about the harrowing moments before the tragedy unfolded.
According to Abubakar, the ill-fated bus, originating from Kampala, Uganda, and destined for Nairobi, encountered delays during an inspection at the Kenya-Uganda border.
In an attempt to make up for lost time, the driver resorted to overspeeding, disregarding the concerns raised by passengers about the perilous speed at which they were traveling.
“The checks at the border delayed our journey, and it seems the driver was trying to cover for the time lost. We went at high speed, overtaking all vehicles and he was ignoring our pleas,” stated Abubakar.
Another survivor, Isa Kigundu, added further insight into the tragic incident, highlighting that the driver failed to control the bus while attempting to overtake, resulting in a head-on collision with an oncoming lorry headed for Kisumu. Kigundu, who miraculously escaped with minor injuries, described the left side of the bus as heavily damaged.
Nyanza Regional Traffic enforcer Allan Mwangi reported that 11 people, including both drivers, lost their lives on the spot, while 39 others sustained injuries. The bodies of the deceased were moved to the Ahero County Morgue.
Super Metro Sacco, the company operating the bus, expressed deep condolences to the families affected and pledged to conduct a thorough investigation into the tragic incident.
“As Super Metro family, we would like to inform the public that it’s so unfortunate that one of our buses plying the Kampala-Nairobi route was involved in an accident before Awasi along the Kisumu-Nairobi highway,” the Sacco stated via its social platforms.
“We would wish to convey a message of condolence to the families that lost their beloved ones and quick recovery to those who are in hospital.”