Ghost of road carnage claims 13 lives in Kericho,Kimende

Ghost of road carnage claims 13 lives in Kericho,Kimende

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI/CORRESPONDENTS,29TH AUG 2018-The ghost of road accident came calling again  on Tuesday night claiming lives on 13 people in Kimende on Nairobi -Nkauru highway as well as in Kericho .Nine people, among them children, have died and several others injured in an a crash.

Witnesses say the accident involving a 14-seater matatu and a lorry happened a few minutes before 11pm on Tuesday.

The matatu, according to witnesses, was heading to Nakuru when it collided head-on with a Nairobi-bound lorry.

According to George wakio who  witnessed, said six people died on the spot while three others died on the way to Kijabe Mission Hospital.

In another road horror, four people died while five others sustained injuries after a lorry veered off the road in Roret, Kericho County, on Tuesday evening.

The driver of the lorry that was ferrying sand from Sondu in Kisumu County lost control of the vehicle.

Speaking to journalists, Kericho County Commander James 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 Mr Mugera.

The injured were taken to Litein Mission Hospital and Kapkatet Sub-County Hospital.

Roret Chief Richard Ngeno called for the diversion of the road away from the trading centre to avoid accidents in future.

“The steep part of the road cuts through the middle of Roret trading centre hence posing great danger to motorists, pedestrians and traders,” he said.

This is the worse accident to take place since the festivities season of December and new year in the area so far.

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