Mr Abdulrashid Mohammed still cannot believe his luck. He was one of the passengers who survived when the 62-seater bus they were travelling in from Wajir to Nairobi was involved in an accident in Matuu town on the Garissa-Nairobi highway at 4:33am yesterday.
Mr Mohammed recalls that shortly after the bus, named Medina, passed Mwingi town, he received a call from his anxious wife, who had just woken up from a dream.
in which he had died in a road accident. He reassured her that he was fine, and told her to go back to sleep.
Thirty minutes later, Mr Mohammed, somewhat unsettled by his wife’s dream, watched the bus ram into a stationary lorry in Matuu Town, Machakos County.
“I heard a loud bang on the left side of the bus, followed by wailing as the bus veered off the road and then stopped.
‘‘I jumped out through a window,” he told the Nation after being treated for slight bruises on his hands and discharged from Matuu Sub-county Hospital.
The businessman, who had occupied seat number 43 on the right side of the bus, was yet to understand the meaning of his wife’s dream, but he was happy to have survived.
The left side of the bus was ripped off, killing 14 passengers on the spot and injuring 27 others. The victims were 10 men, three women and a child.
Ten of the injured were referred to hospitals in Nairobi for specialised treatment while the rest were treated and discharged.
The accident occurred on a straight stretch of the highway.
“We kept complaining to the driver about loud music and speeding, but he turned a deaf ear,” Mr Mohammed said.
Mr Mohammed Issack, who lost a brother, was shocked to learn that the bus had been involved in an accident so early in the morning.
“The bus normally arrives in Nairobi at 2pm. We can’t understand how it reached Matuu town at 4:30am, so the driver must have been speeding,” said Mr Issack who had come to collect his brother’s body for burial.
Machakos County Police Commander Mohammed Farah said police are investigating the cause of the accident, including the possibility that the driver was tired after many hours on the road, or was speeding.
Kitavi Mutua, Daily Nation