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Train-Bus Case in Kenya court

Bus driver Edward Githae Wanjau appeared before Makadara court on Thursday charged with causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of blocking a railway line, and driving without a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) license. The accident on October 30 left 12 people dead and twenty-one injured.

Kenya Railways Corporation had as late as February 2013 indicated that it would not set up a level crossing signage at the Mutindwa crossing because it had not approved the level crossing in the first place. A traffic police officer normally mans the Mutindwa intersection, but not on that particular day. The Sacco company released a statement that police officers should have been present at the intersection when the accident occurred.

At the tune if the incident, the driver was wearing headphones listening to traffic alerts.

The train’s horn was blowing when Githae smashed into the train, although witnesses say the bus stalled on the tracks. The police say the driver was racing to beat the train.

The bus was a 33-seater Umoinner Sacco bus registration KBQ 474C.

About half of the bus passengers were trapped inside.

The driver jumped from the train before it was struck and pushed 200 meters.