Cargo and Freight company, Buscar E.A Limited, has released a statement on the tragic road accident involving one of their buses at Kambu near Kibwezi along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
The Buscar owned bus was headed to Malindi from Nairobi when the crash happened, leaving 27 dead and several others injured.
In its statement, Buscar Company has mourned the victims of the crash and sent condolence messages to the affected families.
“It is with deep sorrow and pain that we announce the involvement of one of our buses in an accident at Kambu area near Kibwezi , yesterday night on its way to Malindi,” said Buscar.
According to Buscar, the cause of the accident was caused by a tire burst causing it to veer into the oncoming traffic lane.
“The bus had departed Nairobi at 19:30hrs for Malindi , upon reaching Kambu, it experienced a tyre burst on its left front wheel causing it to veer to an oncoming trucks lane.”
Buscar added: “We stand with the families that have lost loved ones and pray for a quick recovery to all those injured. We did a rescue operation and took the injured to Kibwezi and Mutito hospitals respectively.”
Buscar’s statement, however, contradicts police reports on the cause of the accident.
Police said the driver of the bus was overtaking another vehicle at Kalulu bridge when he saw an oncoming truck.
As he tried to return the bus back to its lane, it collided head-on with the oncoming truck.
The driver of the truck and his turn boy were seriously injured.
According to Kibwezi East OCPD Leonard Kimaiyo, the driver of the bus fled the scene of the accident.
He said police are working with Buscar company to track him down.
“One of the driver together with his conductor are being treated at Makindu sub-county hospital. He sustained injuries but he is out of danger. We are pursuing his colleague because we cannot trace him among the accident victims,” Mr Kimaiyo said.
One of the victims, John Abaa said the bus was overtaking another vehicle when the crash happened.