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Four people killed, two injured as lorry going downhill crashes into motorcycle and pick-up

By Harold Odhiambo | July 13th 2016
Members of the public stare at the wreckage of a truck that was involved in an accident at Coptic center along Kisumu - Kakamega road on 12th July 2016. Two people including a pedestrian and a boda boda rider died on the spot while three others admitted at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral hospital in critical condition. PIC BY COLLINS ODUOR

Four people died in a road accident along the Kisumu-Kakamega road Tuesday morning.

A man and a woman died on the spot in the accident that happened near Coptic Church on the outskirts of Kisumu town while two others died at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Witnesses said the accident occurred after the driver of a lorry that was going downhill lost control and hit the motorcycle before ramming into an oncoming pick-up.

Among the dead was a female pedestrian, a motorcyclist, the pick-up driver and a passenger in the lorry.

Regional Traffic and Reinforcement Officer Andrew Naibei said the injured, who included the truck driver and his turnboy, were rushed to the Jaramogi Oginga Hospital.

"This area is a black spot and we are urging drivers to be cautious when using the route," said Mr Naibei.

Free gear

He noted that the state of the road, which is narrow and is still under construction, could have contributed to the accident.

"This road is not in good condition and drivers may be tempted to engage free gear," he said.

He urged all road users to be careful and observe traffic rules.

"We will arrest drivers who are not wearing seat belts and also riders who do not have reflective jackets and helmets," added Naibei.

Area residents accused truck drivers plying the route of being careless and putting the lives of many people at risk.

"We have had a big problem with truck drivers. This is the second accident in barely a week involving one of the trucks carrying sand," said Gladies Atieno, a resident.

They urged the police to set up a road block at the accident spot to monitor vehicles using the route in order to curb road accidents.

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