NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
At least 16 people were killed and 46 others
injured in separate road accidents across Kenya on Tuesday
The police confirmed
on Wednesday that 12 people were killed and nine others injured
following an accident along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway on
passengers were also killed and five others sustained injuries
after a truck veered off the road in Roret, Kericho County on
Tuesday evening in northwest Kenya while 32 police officers were
injured in an accident along Mwingi-Garissa highway in northeast
Kenya on the same evening.
In the first
incident, Lari Traffic Police Base Commander Ahmed Mohammed
confirmed the Kimende accident on Tuesday at 11 p.m. local time,
saying the accident involved an 18-seater commuter minibus and a
Mohamed said among
those who died are primary school pupils whose books and uniform
were spewed at the scene.
He said the public
service vehicle was en route to Western Kenya from Nairobi when
it hit the truck that was coming from the opposite direction.
“We have launched
investigations into the incident,” said Mohammed. He said the
truck fell off a cliff due to the impact of the collision.
The traffic police
commander said nine people died instantly while 3 others were
pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.
Rescuers had a
difficult time trying to get the victims out of the wreckage in
the Kimende accident.
In the second
accident, Kericho County Police Commander James Mugera said the
driver of the lorry that was ferrying sand from Sondu in Kisumu
County in Western Kenya lost control of the vehicle.
Mugera said the
lorry ran over three pedestrians on the Roret-Sigowet road. The
fourth victim was killed inside a cyber cafe.
“The lorry developed
a mechanical problem while at a steep area. The driver lost
control of the vehicle and ran over the three pedestrians before
crashing into a building, killing another person,” said Mugera.
Meanwhile, 32 police
officers were on Tuesday evening injured in an accident along
The lorry was
heading to Kanyonyo (AP) Border Patrol Unit Training School when
a front left tyre bursted and veered off the left side of the
road and landed on the left side facing Mwingi direction.
On board were 32
officers. Police said as a result of the accident four of the
officers sustained serious injuries and were attended at the
The incidents come
as the number of fatalities in road accidents countrywide as of
Aug. 26 has increased to 1,967 as compared to 1,835 last year.
from the National Transport and Safety Authority covering
January to Aug. 26 show that 2,905 people have been seriously
injured which is an increased from last year’s 2,619.
attributes lack of enough footbridges, crossing points and
failure to observe traffic rules to pedestrians being the
highest number of victims.
The report shows 201
drivers have so far died which is a slight decrease compared to
206 last year. However, 531 motor cyclists have perished as
compared to 447 in 2017.