By Onesmus Nzioka
KENYA: Three Spanish tourists died on Friday after a van they were travelling in collided with a truck at Ngokomi on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
One of the tourists, a man, died on the spot while two others, both women, succumbed to their injuries at Sultan Hamud Sub District Hospital where they had been rushed in critical condition.
Two other women and the driver sustained slight injuries.
The tourist van, which had five Spaniards and their Kenyan driver, was heading to Nairobi from Mombasa while the truck was headed for Mombasa.
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Mukaa OCPD Ferdinand Nyongesa said the Spanish embassy has confirmed that the victims were indeed Spaniards.
The police chief said the truck was trying to overtake another vehicle unaware of the oncoming tourist van.
He said both drivers tried to swerve off the highway to avoid head-on collision but collided some metres out of the road.
He said the two vehicles were speeding and could not avoid the collision.
Bodies of the deceased were taken to Kilome Nursing Home mortuary in Emali town.
He cautioned lorry drivers, whom he accused of neglecting traffic rules, to respect other road users.
“We have a problem with many of them who even overtake at the wrong road sections like bends. They need to understand that the police cannot be everywhere to enforce a simple law,” said Nyongesa.
Martin Ng’ang’a, the driver of the lorry, has been arrested and will be arraigned in court.