3 January 2013

Kenya: 19 Die in Minibus Accident in Western Kenya

Nineteen people died near Kenya's Molo town when a 14-seat mini-bus carrying at least 28 people rolled off the road into a quarry Wednesday (January 2nd), Kenya's The Standard reported.

Seventeen people, including the driver, died immediately, with two later succumbing to their injuries at Molo District Hospital.

The vehicle was overloaded and speeding when it veered off the road, said Rift Valley Provincial Police Officer John Mbijiwe, who warned that any police officer who saw the matatu and failed to take action would be held accountable.

"It is not acceptable to see innocent Kenyans losing their lives when the new traffic law is already in place," he said.

The accident comes a day after 11 people were killed in another car accident on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway. At least 54 people in Kenya have died in road accidents since December 31st, according to Kenya's Daily Nation.

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