Death toll rise in Kisumu accident rise to seven

The death toll in the aftermath of road accident at Nyalunya area on the Katito-Kendu Bay road in Kisumu has risen to seven.

One person has succumbed at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu on Thursday.

The hospital chief executive officer Dr. Richard Lesiyampe has confirmed. He said one person out of the eight who were rushed to the hospital was already dead.

The CEO said six survivors, including two minors are still admitted at the facility in stable condition.

On Wednesday, five people died on the spot after a tipper lorry ferrying sand had tyre burst.

Nyakach OCPD John Losia said the accident occurred after the lorry ferrying sand had a tyre burst.

The driver then lost control of it before it collided head-on with the matatu heading to Homa Bay. The driver also died.

The overspending matatu has been blamed for the accident which killed the seven.

Losia said preliminary investigation into all accident pointed on over speeding, leading to the accident which could have been avoided.

“If the driver was not overspending he could have navigated and avoided the head on collision with the lorry which had tyre burst before it lost control,” he said.

The accident occurred around 5 pm Wednesday. Losia said eight other people sustained injuries. They were rushed to JOOTRH in Kisumu.

“Of the eight injured, one was in a very critical condition.Three of them were male while five were female. The driver of both the lorry and the 14-seater matatu died on the spot,” Losia said.

Losia said the matatu had 12 passengers onboard at the time of the accident.

Among those who were critically injured is a minor aged two months.Traffic Police from Pap Onditi Police Station have launched investigations into the tragic accident.

The bodies of the seven who died were taken to the Pap Onditi subcounty hospital morgue in Nyakach subcounty.

Regional Traffic Commander Allan Mwangi has appealed to motorists to exercise extra caution on the road.