Five people died and three others were seriously injured when the tyre of the vehicle they were travelling in burst and rolled several times into a ditch in Laghabuna along the Malindi-Garsen highway on Thursday, October 8.
According to The Star, three passengers – a man, woman and a child – died on the spot while two others died while undergoing treatment at the Garsen Hospital in Tana River county.
Tana deputy county commissioner William Makhanu Nasongo disclosed that the vehicle was traveling from Malindi to Lamu before the driver lost control of the vehicle when the tyre burst. The driver, he noted, was among the survivors.
He added that the vehicle had eight occupants including two children.
“The bodies have been taken to Malindi Subcounty Hospital mortuary while the injured were also rushed to the same hospital where they are getting treatment,” he told reporters.
Reports indicated that among the dead was a high school student who was returning to Lamu in readiness for the reopening of schools on Monday, October 12.
Malindi Subcounty Hospital medical superintendent Evans Ogato added that two patients have been taken to the theater for specialised treatment.
Road accidents have been on the rise ever since President Uhuru Kenyatta eased restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well as gradually reopening the economy.
On August 24, two people died while 16 others were injured after the vehicles they were travelling in were involved in two separate crashes at Shauri Moyo area along the Mombasa- Malindi highway.
Among the injured was a nephew of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho who was rushing to check on his sister who had been involved in an earlier accident at the same spot.
The first accident involved a Toyota Landcruiser carrying Joho’s relative which collided head-on with a light truck while the second accident involved Joho’s nephew’s car that collided with a matatu.
Joho’s brother businessman Abu Joho was seen at the Kilifi Referal Hospital coordinating activities and soon a helicopter arrived and his son was airlifted for specialised treatment.