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26 Pupils Injured in a School Bus Accident

James Musyoki

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A road accident involving a school bus has left 26 pupils in Meru with various degrees of injuries. The accident which involved pupils from Kaaga Academy is said to have occurred on Thursday morning as the pupils were being taken to school. 

 

While confirming the accident, Peter Wambua, the County Base Commander, said that the cause of the accident was the driver’s inability to negotiate through a sharp corner along the Kaaga bypass hence forcing the bus to topple falling on the left side of the road. “It was a self-involving accident. The bus had 51 pupils on board. The wreckage has been towed to the Meru Police Station,” confirmed Wambua.

 

Photo: Kaaga Academy School Bus involved in Road Accident

The casualties were rushed to Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital (MeTRH) where the pupils’ parents immediately gathered to check on the welfare of their children. Joseph Wahome, the CEO unveiled that out of the 26 injured learners, 20 of them had suffered minor injuries were in relatively stable condition.

 

“Seven of them require a review, and another four need X-rays and scans. One of them had a broken arm and another suffered a head injury. They have post-accident stress but our psychologists are handling that,” Wahome said.

 

While addressing the parents who had gathered at the hospital, the County Health Chief Officer James Kirimi revealed that four pupils had sustained serious injuries and for that reason, they had to be admitted for advanced treatment. “One pupil will have to go to the theatre. We are grateful to the nurses, doctors, and clinical officers who responded quickly.” Dr. Kirimi said.

 

Municipality MCA Elias Murega who also visited the accident scene called on the relevant authority to install road signs and bumps along the road in a bid to curb road accidents. “The road has many bends but no signage. We need road signs and bumps installed to improve safety,” Murega appealed.

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