A SURVIVOR of Kenya’s horrific New Year’s Eve bus accident
lost all four of her sons and her husband in the tragedy.
According to the Daily
Nation, Phoebe Achieng is recovering in a hospital north of Nairobi after the
bus she and her family were travelling in hit a truck. Thirty-six people lost
Phoebe’s husband and two of her sons died at the scene.
Two other sons were taken to hospital with her, but died during treatment.
Her sons were aged 14, 13, two and two months old.
Hospital officials reportedly decided to withhold this
information from the recovering mum fearing the shock will set her back.
But it seems that some relatives have told her the tragic
news. Speaking to Daily Nation,
Phoebe said: “I hope to see my children, though I am not sure whether they are
alive or dead. I have received contradicting information from my relatives who
tell me they are alive while others claim they are both dead.”
Phoebe and her family had been travelling from their
rural home in Kisumu, western Kenya, back to the capital for New Year.
Eyewitnesses claim the bus driver had been speeding and
that the bus had been weaving back and forth across the road when it smashed
into a truck at about 2am.
In response to the accident which has shocked the nation,
the National Transport and Safety Authority imposed a ban on night travel by
all long-distance public service vehicles.