The Heroine of Kakamega

Phyllis & Dad

We were all shocked here with the bus crash yesterday in Kakamega. If you have seen the pictures in the previous post you will know why. It was a miracle that no-one was badly hurt or killed.

In fact we have found that one person in particular was amazing in the crash. Andrew and Lucy’s 17 year old daughter was on the bus. In fact she was holding a small child on her lap. She was also on the front seat – even though she has a fear of sitting on the front seat due to a friend of hers being seriously injured in a crash.

When she saw that the bus was going into the ditch she realised that the child on her lap would be badly hurt. So she turned sideways on to the main window and when the bus went into the culvert her left hand arm and leg took the impact. After the crash she saw that the driver’s leg was caught and he couldn’t move as well as being in shock and not being able to communicate. The conductor further back couldn’t open the side door. She then climbed out of the side window. She saw that the bus was smoking but instead of running away she then  pushed out the front window. Phyllis then climbed back inside the bus and started getting the children out through the front window even though the bus was smoking and she thought it might explode.

After the children were got out of the bus, Phyllis along with some other teachers (who had been stuck on the bus up until then) started binding up the children who were hurt with school jumpers.

 Absolutely amazing in a young girl to have such courage.

Andrew and Lucy arrived to a totally chaotic scene of the children screaming and crying (totally understandably). They were all much helped by the local villagers pouring out to help with all that was going on. Helping with the wounded and with comforting people.

The head of the police in the Western Province turned up at the scene and kept asking where the dead were. He then followed them to the hospital and kept asking the doctors where the dead or those with broken bones were. He couldn’t believe that there were none given how badly wrecked the bus was.

It was a miracle that no-one was more badly hurt and thanks to the quick actions of Phyllis the children were all got out safely.


6 comments on “The Heroine of Kakamega

  1. Janet
    February 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    She was very brave and quick thinking. It is such a relief that no one was seriously hurt.

  2. Will Cookson
    February 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Janet, I couldn’t agree more. If she was in the UK (and I suspect the US) she would probably get a medal.

  3. Angela Baker
    February 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    WOW! What an amazingly brave young girl. She definitely needs a medal 🙂
    PTL that no-one was seriously injured or killed.
    God bless,
    Angela x

  4. Angela Hope
    February 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Wow what a story. I still can’t believe there were no fatalities. Such great courage Phyllis.
    God bless
    Angela h xxx

  5. Jean
    February 23, 2011 at 2:20 am #

    She is an inspiration. Bless you Phyllis. X. Praise God no one eerily hurt or killed. Love to you all. Jean

    • Jean
      February 23, 2011 at 2:21 am #

      That should of course read seriously hurt!

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