MAKUENI (Xinhua) --
At least nine people were killed and 20 others
seriously injured in a bus-truck crash early Wednesday along the
busy Nairobi-Mombasa highway in Makueni county in southern
Commissioner Mohammed Maalim confirmed the 3 a.m.(0000 GMT on
Wednesday) incident and said that the injured have been rushed
to a local hospital.
Maalim told Xinhua
by phone that a head-on collision happened between a commuter
bus and a truck. The accident happened near the Sultan Hamud
“It was a fiery
crash. The vehicles collided head-on and then burst into
flames,” said Maalim, adding that the bus was heading to Mombasa
when the disaster struck.
Kenya’s Daily Nation
newspaper published photos of the scene, showing the blackened
shell of a truck on its side surrounded with wreckage debris.
Police Boss Moses Ombati told Xinhua that they have launched an
investigation into the accident amid fears that the death toll
may increase because the injured were seriously wounded.
government has introduced stricter traffic rules to try to curb
road accidents, however,the number of fatal incidents have not
According to an
estimation of Kenya’s National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA),
an average of 3,000 people die in road accidents annually on the
In April, three
major traffic accidents in Kenya claimed more than 32 lives.
At least 15 people
were killed and more than ten others injured in two separate
road accidents across Kenya on April 22.
According to the
police, at least 17 people were killed and 46 others injured on
April 10 after a bus plunged into a river in southwest Kenya
when the driver tried to avoid an oncoming truck.