26 perish in Kisumu road accident

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Kisumu District Hospital/FILE
KISUMU, Kenya, Feb 4 – At least 26 people are dead following a grisly road accident that occurred on Friday night on the busy Kisumu-Kakamega highway at the Mamboleo black spot.

The accident involving two Nissan matatus and a lorry ferrying sugar from a local factory only left one survivor, who was rushed to New Nyanza General hospital in critical condition but later succumbed to the injuries.

Witnesses say that the two matatus, heading to Kakamega, had stopped at a police road block for a routine inspection by traffic officers’ when a lorry from the opposite direction lost control and rammed into them.

“The lorry driver flashed the head lights several times signaling that all was not well but the vehicles at the road block failed to give way and it rammed into them,” said a witness.

The impact of the collision threw off the two matatus from the road killing all passengers on board.

Two motorcyclists who were on the queue for inspection also perished in the accident.

However the fate of the lorry driver, his turn boy together with the two traffic officers, who were manning the road block, could not be immediately established.

Nyanza provincial Deputy Police boss Larry Kieng, who led officers in the rescue mission, said the confirmed number of those who had perished was 25.

“So far 25 bodies had been taken to the New Nyanza provincial hospital mortuary and we fear other bodies are still within the vicinity. With darkness we might have left some bodies,” he said.

The scene of the accident, in the outskirts of Kisumu city, was littered with body parts and valuables belonging to the passengers.

Bodies with missing heads, limbs and other body parts were scattered all over the place.

Kenya Red Cross Society officials, who rushed to the scene, had a hectic time pulling out the bodies from the wreckage as local residents barred police officers from accessing the scene.

Police were at some point forced to use teargas to drive away angry residents, who blamed them for the accident saying they used the road block to extort money from motorists.

The accident also caused a heavy traffic snarl up along the busy road.

The mangled vehicles were towed to Kondele police station as police launched investigations into the accident that left locals in shock.

Mamboleo area has been a black spot claiming several lives in the recent past with most notably the death of musician Owino Misiani six years ago who died at the same police road block.

  • Mata

    RIP may the lord be with you. What a tragedy

  • PAUL

    Not nice, this senseless loss of lives must be stopped.

  • Loice Owino

    May the lord rest their  souls in  peace. So unfortunate

  • Kevinjuma

    A sad ending and with a lot of sorrows RIP may the Almighty help the affected families

  • Russochieng

    The police road block should be moved from that spot… and its high time the traffic police officers learn from this though its quit unfortunate that several lives have been lost before these traffic police officers but have failed to change.

  • Drkioy

    R.I.P

  • dan

    deep sympathy to the bereaved. btw in my view poor roads are no1 followed by reckless driving. unless the government is committed to strategic restructuring if not overhauling some routes, this will continue being a curse to such a blessed nation. i still cant imagine why so much money was quickly diverted in upgrading an airstrip while nairobi kisumu ‘path’ is the most dangerous threat to life in the western. if you look at thika highway its clear modern trends of civil engineering are doing the best to avoid corners and improving safety in general. 

  • Derrick esegeri

    traffic police are the one top be blamed for how long should they took to inspect one vehicle and allow it to leave?

  • nya yimbo

    how can people die @ a road block surely my small dad was there n its such a shame coz i think this could have been avoided.God is the giver n taker may his soul rest in peace coz he was the best uncle

  • Jarateng’

    Poorly trained drivers with no defensive driving techniques  and the traffic police should be blamed for this kind of accidents. I do not know how that particular spot look like but the driver should have veered out of the road to avoid killing so many people. This is poor judgement and bad decision making, most Kenyan drivers do not know how to drive, roads do not drive vehicles people do, but all the time we blame roads nonsense.   

    • Len

       Well put. Poor driving habits start from lack of enforcement of traffic rules, especially speeding and vehicle condition. Police need to establish a unique unit to inspect commercial vehicles.  Those road blocks achieve nothing except to give the cops an opportunity to extort bribes from motorists, especially matatus.

  • Yggii

    pole  sana.
    Surely the roads department should look into tearing down that section and redesign it safely. 

  • GDFGSDFGG

    M-M-M-M-MONSTER KILL

  • Murima

    Heartfelt condolences to families of the innocent victims from Motorists Association of Kenya. What a shame to Kenya. Police are responsible for this painful loss of innocent Kenyans. Instead of saving lives, the roadblocks has done the opposite. All Road blocks are not visible! They use dim paraffin lamps and the notice to a road block ahead are primitively old fashion. No wonder the spikes always get damaged by motorists who have not seen the unclear mabati signs.Action must be taken and apology issued to Kenya.

  • Chris mwachia

    3 usual things that has been said over n over,1.unroadworthy vehicles 2.unqualified drivers with fake driving licences 3.police road blocks that only serve their selfish interest that is receiving bribes

  • Eudel Omondi

    that’s so sad and shocking to hear,until now i find it hard to analyze what happened;may the Lord that gives and takes rest their souls in peace,and for the affected families may the Lord grant you the strength to fight on,my heartfelt condolences

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