A group of over 20 Norwegian students was returning to Nairobi on Saturday afternoon after spending time to hike and climb Mt. Kenya, when one of the vehicles they were travelling in was hit by a lorry which had collided with another vehicle in an attempt to overtake along the busy Nanyuki – Nyeri road.
One Norwegian student was killed instantly, and it was learned that a second student later succumbed to serious injuries. The driver of their vehicle was also confirmed to have died of his injuries while several more of the students remain in the hospital, some in critical condition.
The second vehicle with 10 more students managed to come to a halt in time only to witness the carnage their friends and colleagues were involved in.
The Kenyan government has of late implemented a series of measures to reduce accidents in the country, as much attributed to badly-maintained vehicles as to reckless drivers who often did not undergo formal training, in particular when it comes to bus and lorry drivers.
Efforts were underway to airlift the accident victims to Nairobi with air ambulances for further treatment in hospitals, but continued attempts throughout Sunday were unable to confirm that the medevac flights had actually taken place.
Condolences are expressed to the families and friends of the two students who passed away and best wishes extended to those still in the hospital for a swift and full recovery.