23 February 2013

Kenya: 17 Perish in Separate Coast Accidents

Nairobi — At least seventeen people were killed and scores injured in two separate road accidents in Voi and Kilifi on Saturday morning.

In the first accident that happened at Ndii near Voi, 12 people died on the spot after a bus and trailer collided. The dead included 10 men and two women as well as drivers of both vehicles.

According to traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru fourteen other people were injured and were rushed to the Voi District hospital for treatment.

Kimaru said that the bus which was heading to Mombasa from Nairobi was overtaking another vehicle before it collided with the oncoming trailer.

"This is purely a case of human error, the bus driver was trying to overtake when there is a trailer approaching," Kimaru told capital FM News following the 4am accident.

The second accident in Vipingo area in Kilifi that claimed five lives involved a matatu and a private van that had previously operated as tour van.

Kimaru said twelve people were critically injured in the second Saturday morning accident with two of them reported to be in a coma.

"Twelve people were injured and are admitted in hospital in serious condition. We are investigating the accident to establish the cause," said Kimaru.

The commandant has called on drivers to exercise caution on the roads to prevent unnecessary loss of lives.

"The second accident happened at 8am in broad day light. You cannot have an excuse for these kinds of accidents," insisted Kimaru.

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