Several Killed in Kitale- Bungoma Road Accident

Seven people were killed on Friday in a grisly road accident involving a Nissan matatu and a cane tractor at Maliki along the Kitale-Bungoma road.

According to eyewitnesses, the matatu heading to Bungoma tried to overtake another vehicle but collided with the Kitale-bound tractor owned by West Kenya Sugar Company.

This comes just a week after 14 people lost their lives in a similar accident around the same area.

All the occupants of the matatu died on the spot.

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In December 2017, 14 people were killed at the same spot in an accident that involved a tractor, a Public Service Vehicle and three saloon cars.

Residents of the area had urged relevant authorities to erect bumps along the road.

There has also been concern that some of the tractors do not have headlights and are barely visible at night.

Recently, the National Transport Safety Authority noted that the number of road fatalities had gone down in the past five months.

The agency's deputy director in charge of safety Duncan Kibogong stated that the decrease was recorded between January 1 and May 14.

There were 1,095 incidents compared to 1,139 in the same study period last year.

"Road accidents have gone down by 3.9 percent. But still no person should die; the death of one is too many," Dr Kibogong remarked during a road safety workshop at Strathmore Business School in Nairobi.

He added that the number of people injured or killed in road crashes is 4,193, down from 4,676 recorded in 2017.

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