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.
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:
The nation mourns with the households who’ve misplaced family members in a horrific street accident in Londiani, Kericho County. It’s distressing that a number of the fatalities are younger individuals with a promising future and enterprise individuals who had been on their every day chores.
We pray for the…
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) June 30, 2023
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