Mentally ill Man Hijacks and Crashes an Ambulance
A psychologically ill man, who was being preserved at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), hopped into an ambulance Tuesday morning and sped off. The man drove through Eldoret town before he branched off into the Eldoret-Iten road.
His adventure came to a sudden end after he butted a fuel tanker about 10 kilometers away from Eldoret. He endured the crash with serious injuries. Officials say the 23-year-old man had been taken to MTRH for treatment. He sunk out, got into the ambulance and drove off.
Hospital officials warned the police who followed the patient. Police officers caught up with him at the crash scene at Marura on the Eldoret-Iten road.
The patient hurt serious head injuries while the driver of the transporter escaped with minor bruises. He barely missed drumming two 14-seater matatus before he hit the tanker, witnesses said.
MTRH chief executive officer Wilson Aruasa said the man was being appeared to by a health worker when he rushed out and jumped into the vehicle that was still running.
“The driver had not twisted off the engine of the ambulance. The man jumped into the vehicle and raced off,” Dr Aruasa said.
He said the man had been treated at the facility before and that he had normally displayed fierceness common with psychiatric patients.
Mr Ambrose Lagat, a witness, told the Nation that the man was driving the ambulance at high speed on the wrong side of the road and a number of motorists turned off the road to avoid hitting.
“We were shocked because the driver was speeding and he did not hoot or turn on the siren to alert other drivers,” he said.
After the crash, the tanker blocked the road and there was blockage.
Police officers had a difficult time regulatory a troop of enquiring onlookers who crushed at the accident act.