GARISSA (Xinhua) --
At least 14 people were killed and dozens others
injured in a grisly road accident on Sunday night in Garissa
county in northeast Kenya, the police confirmed on Monday.
Tana North Police Commander Tom Okoth said 10 people were killed
on the spot while four others succumbed to injuries in hospital
after the accident along the Nairobi Garissa highway.
Okoth said the accident involved a truck and a bus that was
headed for Wajir in northeast Kenya. He said the bus they were
travelling in rammed into a truck carrying cement that had
stalled on the road.
"The trailer tore into the bus ripping away windows and part
of the roof severely injuring the passengers. We have launched
investigations into the incident," he said.
Police and witnesses said 14 others were injured in the
incident that happened in Tula area near Bangal.
The police said the death toll is expected to rise given the
nature of the injuries the victims sustained. The injured were
taken to Garissa hospitals.
The Kenya Red Cross also confirmed that 14 injured passengers
were rushed to the hospital in Garissa with severe injuries.
Road accidents still continue to occur despite stringiest
traffic rules which were introduced by the government to help
curb road carnage.
An estimated 3,000 Kenyans die in road accidents annually
despite concerted efforts by the state and the private sector to
promote safety on the highways, according to the National
Transport Safety Authority (NTSA).