Lucky survivors of Kaburengu crash narrate their narrow unbelievable escape from death

James Chesoli and Kevin Wafula at Webuye subcounty hospital where they were rushed following an accident at Kaburengu, Webuye on Friday, December 22, 2018. /BRIAN OJAMAA
James Chesoli and Kevin Wafula

Many people lost their lives on Friday evening when a matatu and a petrol trailer collided at Kaburengu on Webuye-Eldoret highway in Kakamega County.

However God’s hand was on few survivors who are more than grateful that they escaped death from the tragic accident in ways they can’t explain.

Kevin Wafula Muhona was in the ill-fated matatu. He was travelling from Bungoma to Eldoret. He says the vehicle stopped to pick a passenger at Kaburengu.

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Wafula said he only heard shout to the driver that “We are dying!” He was seated in the co-driver seat.

“I don’t know what happened. Everything took place in a flash. I found myself stuck on the seat belt and was helped by first repondents.”

“God saved me. I was seated with the driver. He died and we were at the point where the truck crashed on the matatu…I saw God’s work as I did not break a single bone,” he told reporters at the hospital on Saturday.

On the other hand James Chesoli had just written a CAT at Kibabii university and was heading home when fate would catch up with him.

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The second-year Agricultural Extension student travelled in the matatu for only 100 metres before it was involved in the accident.

“I don’t remember what went on until I found myself here in hospital. I was at the back seat. I only feel slight pain on my back. I thank God for saving my life.”

At least 14 people died instantly in the accident which followed in the wake of assurances by authorities that no lives would be lost on the roads this festive season.

The pledge was made by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and IG Joseph Boinnet after the death of over 50 people in a horrific accident at Fort Ternan, Kericho county.

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