5 dead after grisly matatu accident

Road carnage

5 dead after grisly matatu accident

Reports indicated that the accident occurred after the matatu collided with another vehicle on the Bomet-Kisii road.

The injured passengers who survived the accident were taken to Longisa and Tenwek hospitals for treatment.

Bomet Central Police Commander Musa Omar said: “The matatu was trying to overtake another a lorry but there was another vehicle oncoming so the driver tried to avoid colliding with it and lost control.”

He added: “I urge drivers to be careful and avoid speeding. We are waiting for the driver to recover to record a statement.”

Accidents on the rise

The vehicle, belonging to Egesa Sacco, was headed to Kisii from Nairobi.

A July National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) report showed that road safety mechanisms in the country have further broken down leading to record high accidents and massive loss of lives.

In the past seven months, the number of accidents has shot up by 1,048 to hit 7,229 as of July 1 this year compared to 6,181 in the same month last year.

Pedestrians continued to post the highest figures in terms of fatalities where lives lost in both periods stand at 620 in July this year compared to 576 in July last year.

Kenyans succumbing to motorcycle accidents rose by 46 victims to hit 330 in July this year compared to 284 in the same month last year.

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