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Two injured as molasses truck collides with Guardian bus in Kisumu [Photos]

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By Kevine Omollo | April 20th 2021

Both the bus and the truck then rolled, completely blocking both sides of the one-way road. [Kevine Omollo, Standard]

Traffic was on Tuesday evening disrupted along the Kisumu-Kakamega road after a tanker carrying molasses collided with a Guardian bus at Kanyakwar.

The two drivers were injured during the 5pm incident.

Bus driver Paul Onyiso said he was heading to Kaimosi from Kisumu to pick students traveling to Nairobi when the incident happened.

Residents at the scene of the accident at Kanyakwar on the Kisumu-Kakamega Road on April 20, 2021. [Kevine Omollo, Standard]

As he approached Kanyakwar, the truck carrying molasses and heading in the opposite direction veered off the road and hit the bus on the side.

Both the bus and the truck then rolled, completely blocking both sides of the one-way road.

"I tried all I could to avoid a head-on collision, and that is how I survived. Fortunately, I was alone in the bus," Onyiso said.

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The scene of the accident at Kanyakwar in Kisumu on April 20, 2021. [Kevine Omollo, Standard]

He was, however, injured on the head and left arm, while the driver of the truck sustained serious injuries and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.

Residents thronged the site to collect molasses that had spilled, covering about 30 metres of the road.

One of the residents who thronged the site to collect molasses that had spilled at Kanyakwar on the Kakamega-Kisumu Road on April 20, 2021. [Kevine Omollo, Standard] 

Clutching jerricans and other containers, they scooped the molasses and ferried it away on motorcycles.

Vehicles using the road were diverted to access roads, causing a traffic snarl-up for close to two hours.

Kisumu firefighters had to clean the road before it could be re-opened for use.

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