At least 17 killed in road accidents in Kenya's coastal region

At least 17 killed in road accidents in Kenya
# 23 February 2013 17:44 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. At least 17 people have been killed and several others injured in separate road accidents in Kenya's coastal region on Saturday, the country's traffic police said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

In the first incident, at least 12 people were on Saturday killed in a fatal road accident that involved a passenger bus and trailer in the coastal town of Voi along the busy Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

Regional traffic commandant Joshua Omukata confirmed the incident, saying 12 passengers died on the spot and 14 others seriously injured.

"The driver of the bus tried to overtake the trailer, but unfortunately they collided headed-on, ripping off one side of the bus," Omukata told Xinhua by telephone in Mombasa.

He said the 05:00 local time accident caused a major traffic snarl-up along the busy Mombasa and highway, as police made efforts to rescue passengers who were still trapped in the wreckages.

According to police, eight passengers were seriously injured and admitted at Voi District Hospital with serious injuries. They had multiple injuries ranging from fractures and other body injuries as result of the accident.

Police said the badly mutilated bodies of those killed were taken Moi mortuary awaiting identification from their relatives. The wreckage of the bus and trailer were toyed to Voi police station as police launch investigation into the accident.

Heavy trucks leaving or coming to pick cargo at the port of Mombasa have been blamed for the rising number of accidents.

In the second incident, five passengers died in a grisly road accident at Vipingo area in Kilifi District. Divisional police commander Clement Wangai said the accident involved a matatu (minibus) and private tour van that collided head-on.

The van was traveling to Malindi from the coastal city of Mombasa when it collided with the oncoming minibus. Both drivers died on the spot, while the two vehicles were extensively damaged as result of impact.

Wangai said a woman and two children who sustained serious injuries were referred for specialized treatment. The five died on the spot during the 07:00 local time accident as police appealed to motorist to exercise caution in the road.

The accidents come after Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Kimaiyo in January month called on traffic police and all base commanders to pay special attention to the enforcement of the traffic act, including the amendments passed in the traffic amendment act no. 2 of 2012.

Kimaiyo said his attention has been to the shocking increase of fatal road accidents in recent days, adding that these incidences have led to the death of 63 people by Jan. 18, including women and children since the beginning of the New Year.

According to police statistics, over 2,600 people died while thousands others have been injured in road accidents across the country since 2012.

The accidents are mostly caused by both public and private vehicles, motorcycles, motorbikes and pedestrians.

The statistics revealed that more than three quarters of those killed through road accidents are males and about half are children.

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