BUNGOMA (Xinhua) --
At least seven people were killed and several
others injured when a minibus (matatu) in which they were
traveling rammed into a stationary truck along the busy
Webuye-Bungoma highway on Saturday.
Bungoma East police
commander Valerian Obore said the passenger vehicle was speeding
when the driver lost control of the vehicle, which rammed into
the truck, killing six people on the spot and leaving several
others with serious injuries.
The seventh passenger was pronounced dead on arrival at
Webuye district hospital, where the survivors had been rushed
for treatment, Obore said.
The police have warned drivers against speeding and reckless
Eyewitness said the matatu was carrying illicit alcohol and
the driving was speeding to evade police detection.
"The vehicle was ferrying some jerrycans with illicit brew,"
said John Juma, a witness.
"We suspect the driver was overspeeding to avoid being caught up with police who normally
arrive at the roadblock at 7.00 a.m."
An estimated 3,000 Kenyans die in road accidents annually,
according to the National Transport Safety Authority.