June 30 – A truck hauling a shipping container drove off the road. It collided with numerous vehicles on Friday evening in Londiani, western Kenya, ki!!ing at least 48 people, according to police and witnesses.
Local broadcasters’ footage of the accident’s aftermath showed minibuses and trucks with damage alongside mangled wreckages of cars and motorcycles.
Tom Odera, the regional police chief, reported that as of Friday night, 48 people had d!ed.
“I saw a speeding oncoming trailer. I swerved and escaped hitting him head-on. The person who was behind me thought I wanted to buy something. He overtook me and that is when he was hit. The trailer went off the road and hit other vehicles,” said driver Peter Otieno.
“I saw about 20 bodies with my own eyes. There were other bodies that were under the vehicle.”
Here is a Twitter post shared with Reuters; you can see it below:
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 1, 2023
The lorry hit more than six cars and ran over pedestrians, as reported by the Kenya Red Cross. The Red Cross also stated that more than 20 injured individuals were transported to nearby hospitals.
“The country mourns with the families who have lost loved ones in a horrific road accident in Londiani,” William Ruto, the president of Kenya, tweeted something.
The country mourns with the families who have lost loved ones in a horrific road accident in Londiani, Kericho County. It is distressing that some of the fatalities are young people with a promising future and business people who were on their daily chores.
We pray for the…
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) June 30, 2023
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“It is distressing that some of the fatalities are young people with a promising future and business people who were on their daily chores.”
The incident ranks among the deadliest on Kenyan roadways in recent memory. 34 passengers perished in central Kenya last year after their bus ran off a bridge and into a river valley.
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