A passenger bus heading to Lamu, from Mombasa, on Wednesday morning, rammed into a lorry carrying construction material claiming a life of a four-year-old child and leaving eight others injured.
Mombasa Raha bus ran into a truck belonging to the H-young contractors, who are building the Lamu-Garsen road.
The tragic incident occurred in Hindi along the Lamu-Mombasa road as reported by the Daily Nation.
Confirming the incident, Lamu Deputy County Commissioner Louis Rono revealed that four among those injured were in critical condition and had been rushed to the King Fahad County Hospital for treatment.
Commissioner Louis Rono also noted that the bus was being driven at a very high speed at the time of the accident.
Present at the scene was Lamu County Police Commander Muchangi Kioi, who also confirmed the incident and asked drivers to be extra careful and avoid speeding and adhere to traffic rules and regulations.
“I am informed that a child has died, while others were injured in a road accident in Hindi. Another accident also occurred at Nyongoro in Witu this morning but no causalities or injuries reported,”
“Some sections of the road are in a poor state and that’s why the government is already undertaking the construction of that road. In addition, it has been raining from time to time in Lamu and our roads are extremely slippery.”
“I, therefore, ask road users, particularly motorists, to avoid speeding and careless driving. You would rather be slow and sure than rush and end up dying. We don’t want to lose people on our roads,” stated Kioi.
A similar incident was also reported in Nyongoro, Witu Division earlier Wednesday morning.
The Nyongoro, Witu Division incident involved a shuttle full of passengers heading to Mombasa from Lamu which veered off the road as its driver attempted to overtake a miraa van.
The occupants of the two vehicles escaped unhurt.