Kenyan bus crash victims return home
Families from Tauranga's Bethlehem College are headed to Auckland to pick up more of the group involved in a fatal bus crash in Kenya.
Doctor Brian Johnston, his wife Grace, 19-year-old Caitlin Dickson and Kenyan bus driver Christopher Mmata were killed in the crash when their mini-van rolled into a ditch last week.
The three were among seven adults and a dozen Bethlehem College students working at the Ark Quest Academy in the village of Mahanga.
Bethlehem College principal Eoin Crosbie said the dead were on their way to New Zealand on Sunday night with the first group of students.
"The final group may be next weekend," he said.
"All of this is subject to medical clearance to fly and seat availability on aircraft."
Crosbie said five of the group were still in Nairobi Hospital.
"It looks likely two could be discharged Tuesday," he said.
"The other three remain under observation and with further testing pending the hospital are being extremely thorough."
Another parent was flying to Nairobi today to provide support, he said.
Donations have also come through for the families of the Kenyan driver who died in the crash, as well as for the Johnstone family.
"There is about $20,000 in the Kenya Families account and $8,000 in the Johnstone family account as of this morning," Crosbie said.
"This is a wonderful response thus far."
Johnston Family Donations, the couple had 10 children, could be made to account number 02 0466 0057025 01 for the Johnston children and would be administered by the college.
Donations for families of the driver and other Kenyans involved in the accident could be made to account number 02 0466 0057025 02.
Ark Quest donations could be made to account 02 0466 0057025 024.