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16 passengers killed, over 46 injured in road crashes in Kenya 

NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- At least 16 people were killed and 46 others injured in separate road accidents across Kenya on Tuesday evening.

The police confirmed on Wednesday that 12 people were killed and nine others injured following an accident along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway on Tuesday evening.

Four other 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 truck .

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 Mwingi-Garissa highway.

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 hospital.

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.

Latest statistics 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.

The report 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.

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