48 individuals killed in Kenya street crash


At the very least 48 individuals have died and thirty persons are critically injured after a truck misplaced management at a busy junction in western Kenya, ramming greater than six automobiles and working over pedestrians.

Wreckage of automobiles after an accident the place at the very least 48 individuals had been killed on June 30, 2023 after a truck rammed into a number of automobiles and market merchants in western Kenya, close to the Rift Valley city of Londiani. Image: The Related Press

Native police have confirmed the demise toll stands at 48 and imagine one or two persons are nonetheless trapped underneath the truck after the accident on the freeway between the cities of Kericho and Nakuru final night time (30 June).

‘Thirty individuals have been critically injured and rushed to numerous hospitals. The numbers might be extra however, as of now, we’re certain about 30,’ native police commander Geoffrey Mayek informed Aljazeera.

The native media has reported torrential rain has delayed rescue efforts. ‘We’re suspecting a truck that was being pushed in direction of Kericho misplaced management and rammed into matatus [local minibuses] that had been packed at a bus cease, working over these matatus and injuring passengers and pedestrians who had been standing by the bus cease,’ Mayek mentioned.

Peter Otieno, a driver who witnessed the accident, mentioned, ‘I noticed a rushing oncoming trailer. I swerved and escaped hitting him head-on. The one who was behind me thought I wished to purchase one thing. He overtook me, and that’s when he was hit. The trailer went off the street and hit different automobiles.

‘I noticed about 20 our bodies with my very own eyes. There have been different our bodies that had been underneath the car.’

The variety of deaths brought on by this accident makes it one of the vital deadly on Kenya’s roads. Thirty-four individuals died in central Kenya final yr when their bus careered off a bridge and right into a river valley, and authorities statistics reveal the variety of individuals killed on Kenya’s roads has elevated in recent times.

Kenyan President William Ruto wrote on Twitter:

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