At least 48 people have been murdered after what appears to have been a loss of control by a truck that caused it to crash into other vehicles and pedestrians at a major intersection in western Kenya. After the accident that occurred on Friday night on the highway between the towns of Kericho and Nakuru, the local police commander, Geoffrey Mayek, said, “So far, we can confirm 48 dead, and we are suspecting one or two are still trapped under the truck.” The tragedy occurred on the highway that connects the two cities.
Thirty people have sustained life-threatening injuries and have been rushed to a variety of hospitals. The numbers may be higher, but for the time being, we will stick with thirty. Tom Odera, the commander of the regional police, stated that there had been 48 fatalities. According to reports from the local media, the heavy rains are making it difficult to carry out rescue operations. “We are suspecting that a truck that was being driven towards Kericho lost control and rammed into matatus [local minibuses] that were packed at a bus stop, running over those matatus and injuring passengers and pedestrians who were standing by the bus stop,” Mayek stated.
Driver Peter Otieno, who witnessed the collision, stated, “I saw a speeding oncoming caravan.” I was able to avoid colliding with him head-on because I swerved. The person who was standing behind me believed that I was going to make a purchase. When he passed me, that’s when he was struck by the vehicle. After leaving the roadway, the trailer collided with many other vehicles. “ With my own eyes, I counted approximately twenty dead bodies. There were additional bodies that were found underneath the truck.
According to reports from the Kenya Red Cross, the truck was responsible for colliding with more than six automobiles and running over individuals. Local television stations posted images of numerous damaged vehicles. “My heart is crushed,” Governor Erick Mutai of Kericho wrote on Facebook. “This is a difficult time for the people of Kericho,” the speaker said. My deepest condolences go out to the families who have suffered a recent loss of a loved one.”
The number of fatalities ensures that this collision ranks among the deadliest that have occurred on Kenya’s roadways in recent memory. A bus carrying 34 people careened off a bridge and into a river valley in the middle of Kenya a year ago, causing all of them to perish. According to figures compiled by the government in recent years, the number of people who have lost their lives while travelling on Kenya’s roadways has risen.
“The country mourns with the families who have lost loved ones in a horrific road accident in Londiani,” Kenyan President William Ruto stated in a tweet.“It is heartbreaking to learn that some of the victims were young people with bright futures and successful business people who were going about their daily activities.”