Written by Rosemary Wachiye and Valary Bunyasi
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The scene of the accident at Misanga area, after the Bukembe Market of Bungoma County along the Webuye -bungoma road where a truck rammed into a passenger vehicle that had been stopped for passengers to alight. Photos/ Rosemary Wachiye.
One victim of Friday’s fatal road accident at Misanga area on the Malaba- Webuye road was pronounced dead while undergoing treatment at the Bungoma District Hospital turning the number of those who died from it to 5.
According to the District Medical Superintendent Dr. Mulianga Ekesa, the hospital received 7 accident victims of which 5 of them are still admitted, but in stable condition and 1 is under critical condition.
Dr.Ekesa explained that Mr. Nelson Khisa succumbed to the injuries during his admission in the hospital.
He has also called upon the relatives of the victims to come forth and identify them and as well as comfort those injured to assist them in quick recovery.
Yesterday, four people were confirmed dead, six others in critical condition taken to various hospitals in the region after a trailer rammed into a Nissan matatu at Misanga area of Bungoma County.
The four died on the spot according to an official from the Kenya Red Cross Bungoma branch.
The Bungoma District Hospital through its matron confirmed that they had received seven patients in critical conditions. Among the six are three women, and three men with one of them with multiple fractures which he had sustained.
The Kenya Red Cross team covering the casualities from the accident before they were taken to the Bungoma District mortury
The Nissan Matatu was moving from Bungoma town heading to Webuye is said to have stopped for 3 passengers to alight when the trailer coming from behind hit a bumpy part of the road that is currently under construction and rammed into the back of the Nissan.
According to an eye witness, who was a passenger en-route to Webuye from Bungoma, the trailer hit an object that had been left on the road by the construction firm, who are redoing the road, before losing control. The witness said the trailer ended up ramming into the matatu. He added that the driver of the truck was not was not injured in the incident.
"If the driver of the matatu had not packed wrongly on the highway, the accident could never have taken place," said Mr.Oscar Mwembo an eye witness at the scene.
He also blamed the construction company in charge of the road for not putting up signs to control the driving a long that road.
The DO1 Bungoma Sylvester Mwangulu, confirmed the incident saying it was "a horrific accident following the trailer that blew up Thursday night at Kanduyi."
He also disclosed that there is "indiscipline among the long distance drivers who are not following the rules of the road. He further disclosed that the road constructors along the road, H Young to identify the black spots along it so that drivers are aware.
The four bodies - one man, two women and a girl- were taken to the Bungoma District mortuary by the Kenya Red Cross team from Bungoma branch.
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