Two mourners died and seventeen others were seriously injured in Homabay county after a matatu they were traveling in was involved in an accident with a lorry. The mourners were traveling in the hired matatu from their home in Kabuoch village, Ndhiwa sub county to Homabay county hospital mortuary where they were to collect the body of the deceased.
The accident occurred at Kabunde village along Rongo – Homabay road after the driver of the matatu lost control of the vehicle as he was trying to avoid and oncoming lorry. This happened while he was negotiating a corner which led to the matatu rolling severally.
“The grizzly road accident was most likely as a result of speeding since the matatu was moving at a very high speed and the typography of the land hindered the driver from seeing far ahead. The matatu overturned and rolled while trying to avoid an oncoming lorry”, said Otina Jeremiah, an eyewitness.
Homabay County Kenya Red Cross Co-ordinator, Vera Nyaura said that most of the injured were in critical condition.
“Most of the survivors rescued have were in critical condition and have been taken to Homabay County Referral Hospital,” Nyaura said.
Nyaura added that nobody in the lorry was injured although the drivers of both the lorry and the matatu escaped after the incident.
Homabay OCPD Esau Ochorokodi said they had launched investigations of arresting the the two drivers who escaped after the incident.
“We have taken the bodies to Homabay hospital mortuary. I urge road users to observe traffic rules to avoid loss of lives,” said Ochorokodi.