Death toll on roads up by 3% from last year

The Scene of a past accident in Sultan Hamud area. PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi, KENYA: At least 1,521 people have been killed in road accidents since the beginning of this year. Latest data from NTSA indicate that the number is higher compared to 1,471 last year during the same period.

Majority of the deaths were of pedestrians at 581, followed by passengers at 337. The number of dead drivers and motorcyclists were 164 and 287 respectively.

In June 2018, two people died after a truck rammed a 14-seater Matatu at Kibarani, Changamwe leaving five others seriously injured.

Two others were killed in a traffic incident involving four vehicles along the Nairobi- Naivasha highway and 16 others seriously injured two days ago.

Another fatal accident took place in Malaki along Kitale- Bungoma Road on May 25th, it claimed 7 lives.

The total number of accidents has increased from 6,134 last year to 6,352 this year, with the figure expected to be much higher considering that the NTSA statistics only run to 3rd July.

NTSA Director General Francis Meja has urged people to be careful while using the roads. 49 people lost their lives in May 29th due to road accidents.

A Kisumu MCA was also involved in an accident along Mombasa Road on his way to the airport on Thursday morning.