A heavily drunk Kenya Red Cross ambulance driver on Saturday night crashed with a number of patients at Kabarnet, Baringo county.
The ambulance which was being driven at high speed had patients who were headed to Kabarnet hospital referral. Apparently, the vehicle crashed just a few kilometers from the hospital.
The late night event saw Kenyans express their fury at Kenya Red Cross for allowing a drunk driver to ferry vulnerable patients in their ambulance.
“Kenya Red Cross Society really 🤷‼️ We are taking this joke to far now‼️🛑 Drunk ambulance driver belonging to Kenya Red Cross crashes with patients in Kabarnet….. seriously is this a vehicle to be driven by a drink driver surely 🤷?” Complained one SIKIKA Road Safety.
The injured patients were rushed for treatment at the Kabarnet hospital as a huge crowd of road onlookers surrounded the scene of the accident.
In the meantime, the police arrived at the scene almost immediately and moved the wreckage to Kabarnet police station awaiting investigations.
In a similar turn of events, Sonko News on 8th September 2020 reported that a Covid-19 patient died after being involved in a fatal accident in an ambulance that was ferrying him.
The speeding ambulance rolled several times along Nairobi Mombasa road at a place called Ndara. Unfortunately, the patient passed on at the Moi County Referral Hospital in Taita Taveta county while receiving treatment.
The other three occupants of the vehicle sustained injuries and were treated then discharged. They were the nurse, the driver and a relative of the patient
The vehicle was headed to Wesu hospital in Wundanyi Constituency at the time the unfortunate accident happened.
The patient had previously developed breathing complications and was referred to the Coast General Hospital however, the hospital did not manage to treat him.
Health executive for Taita Taveta County Mr. John Mwakima said that the accident was caused when the driver lost its control and rolled many times. He did not understand why the patient could not be attended to at the Coast general hospital.