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Woman Painfully Narrates How She Lost Her Baby in Awasi Accident


Caroline Odhiambo was one of the 51 passengers in the ill-fated Eldoret Express Bus that crashed in Awasi in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Odhiambo and her two children had boarded the Nairobi bound bus at Luanda on Thursday evening, hoping she would be at the Machakos Bus Terminus on Friday morning.

But that did not happen as the bus collided with a trailer around Pala area in Awasi, killing at least 14 people instantly and leaving more than 35 others with serious injuries.

Among the dead, was Caroline’s two-year child who died in her arms.

‘Nilishtuka tu tuko chini. Watu wanaomba, wengine wanapiga nduru! Kuangalia mtoto mwenye nibeba, chuma ya gari imemfinya shingo akafa tu hapo hapo!’ Caroline painfully narrated her ordeal to the media.

She said her elder child survived the ordeal with injuries because it had been held by another woman.

The National Police Service (NPS) has revealed that at least 35 people have been admitted in different hospitals with injuries from the accident.

Read Also: Shame as Kisumu Doctors Refuse to Treat Awasi Accident Survivors

Witnesses said that the accident happened after the driver lost control and started driving on the wrong lane. The drivers of the two vehicles are among the dead.

“The bus was travelling from Kisumu towards Kericho on the Kisumu-Nairobi Highway when the driver tried to overtake a cane tractor and was involved in a head-on collision with the truck,” Kisumu County Police Commander Benson Maweu.

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