At least nine passengers are presumed dead after a 14-seater matatu crashed with an oil tanker on the Homa Bay-Kisumu highway.
Speaking to the media on Monday, September 26, police officers on the scene revealed that the accident occurred in the Ngegu neighborhood, killing nine people on the spot.
They reported that two injured passengers had been taken to the nearest hospital.
The driver of the trailer claims that the matatu that was passing him pushed into him out of fear of a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle just before it went off the road.
The Governor of Homa Bay County, Gladys Wanga, has expressed her condolences to the families of those who were killed and wished those who were injured a speedy recovery.
“I am deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of nine precious lives and the injuries to more in the unfortunate incident. I send my deepest and heartfelt condolences to those who have lost friends and loved ones.
“During this time of grief, I pray for the speedy recovery of all those injured,” Wanga stated.
This incident comes barely a day after more than five people lost their lives after a 16-seater public service vehicle (PSV) was involved in a grisly accident at Kanga, Mtito Andei, along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.
Confirming the tragic incident, Kibwezi Sub-County Police Commander George Kashmir stated that three children, a woman and the driver of the matatu died on the spot.
Kashmir noted that the vehicle heading to Nuu, Kitui County from Mombasa rammed into a lorry as it attempted to overtake another vehicle.