Kwale/Kilifi, KENYA: Nine people died over the weekend in two separate road accidents in Kilifi and Diani.
Seven people among them two children died on Saturday evening in a grisly accident at Mavueni area along the Mombasa-Kilifi highway.
The accident which involved two matatus and a salon car left five people dead on the spot with two others dying as they received medical attention at the Kilifi county hospital, county commissioner, Joseph Keter, said.
Others who died in the accident included four men and a woman, with Keter saying the accident was caused through careless driving by one of the matatu drivers.
27 others who suffered injuries were rushed to various hospitals in Kilifi and Mombasa for treatment.
The accident occurred after one matatu heading towards Kilifi from Mombasa attempted to overtake on a bend.
“The driver overtook three vehicles at a ago, and as he was trying to overtake the fourth one, he had reached the bend where he could not see far ahead, and that is where he collided head-on with another matatu from the opposite direction,” Waulma Omar, a survivor nursing spinal cord injuries at the Kilifi county hospital, said. The driver was among those dead.
An angry County commissioner Keter called on the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to suspend the license of the transport company under which the matatu was registered.
The scene of the accident is a black spot where several other grisly accidents have occurred in the past.
The accident caused heavy traffic along the highway for at least two hours before police managed to clear the wreckage of the ill-fated vehicles from the road.
In Diani, South Coast, two people died on Sunday morning after allegedly being hit by an over-speeding bus from the Tahmeed company.
Witnesses said the driver of the bus lost control before ramming into bystanders where he killed the two on the spot.