NAIROBI, 7 April 2021 – At least 15 people have been killed and 20 others injured in a road accident along the Mombasa-Malindi road in Kenya’s coastal region, according to news reports.
The early morning accident on Wednesday was a head-on collision involving two passenger buses.
The drivers of both buses were among those who died on the spot.
Social media video shot on the scene of the accidents show badly mangled vehicles, with badly shaken survivors and rescue workers working frantically to load the injured and the dead onto vehicles taking them to nearby hospitals.
According to eyewitnesses, the section of the highway where the accident occurred had been under construction.
Some 2,689 Kenyans were killed in road accidents over the first nine months of 2020, up slightly from 2,655 people killed in road accidents during the January-October 2019 period.
The statistics are according to Kenya’s National Police Service and the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) based in the capital, Nairobi.
According to the data, motorcyclists and pillion passenger deaths increased by 44.94 percent and 19.44 percent respectively over the same periods between 2029 and 2020.
Road safety enforcers in Kenya have blamed the increase in road fatalities on speeding and drunk driving.