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14 dead, several injured in Lodwar - Kakuma road night accident

The injured were rushed to Lodwar County and Referral Hospital for treatment

Lorry in the Lodwar-Kakuma accident

14 people are feared to be dead in an accident that occurred along the Kakuma along the Lodwar-Kakuma Road in Turkana County.

The accident that happened at 10 p.m involved a camel and a lorry which was ferrying goods and passengers.

According to witnesses, the camel was crossing the road when the lorry which was fast approaching attempted to evade hitting it before it lost control.

The dead include eight women, three men and three children. Several others were seriously injured in the accident and were rushed to Lodwar County and Referral Hospital for treatment while the dead bodies were taken to the facility's mortuary.

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Confirming the incident the National Police Service said the weight of the goods and passengers on board made it impossible for the driver to control the lorry.

"It happened that the motor vehicle was being driven towards Kakuma general direction and upon reaching the location of the accident there was a camel that was crossing the road from left to right.

"Due to the heavy weight of the vehicle from the goods in it and the passengers, he then lost control of the vehicle and it overturned and landed in a culvert on the right side of the road," said the NPS on Twitter.

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Turkana Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai sent his message of condolence to the families of those who lost loved ones in the accident as he sent prayers to those injured in the accident.

"Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of yesterday's devastating accident involving a lorry travelling from Lodwar to Lokitaung. May they find solace and comfort in this time of immense sorrow. May the souls of the departed rest in peace” Governor Lomorukai said.

The police appealed to motorists to exercise caution and adhere to traffic rules as they use the roads.

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