President Barack Obama's Kenyan step-grandmother is recovering from shock and minor bruises after she was involved in a car accident on her way to her village, a relative and hospital official told reporters Monday.
Sarah Onyango Obama, 91, was traveling to her home in the village of Kogelo in western Kenya on Saturday night when the car she was in rolled over, a relative told The Associated Press. Kenya's NTV reported the car was trying to avoid a head-on collision and rolled into a ditch.
The relative, who asked not to be named because he is not an authorized spokesman for the family, said the driver in the car tried to overtake a truck near the Kisumu airport when the car rolled over.
Video from Kenya's NTV shows the sedan's shattered front and side windows, as well as banged-up front doors and crushed rearview window.
God is with me because, if you could have seen the wreckage that we came out [of] safe, one would wonder, she said, according to local Kenyan paper The Standard.
Obama's step-grandmother, who is known affectionately in her village as Mama Sarah, was rushed to and treated at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu. President Obama's Uncle Sayid Obama told The Standard that it was just a minor accident and the granny is very much strong.
Sarah Obama is the third wife of the president's paternal grandfather. In Dreams From My Father, Obama refers to her as Granny and talks about the awkwardness of their language barrier.
The president has visited his Kenyan relatives three times in Kogelo and Sarah Obama has visited the U.S. at least three times, according to The Associated Press. In a 2008 interview, she said they are close but must speak through an interpreter.
Shortly after Osama bin Laden was killed last year,security was reportedly hightened in her village due to threats from al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab. My life had not been affected in any way, she told ABC News.