Five people lost their lives at Kikopey, Gilgil Nakuru County, on Sunday night after a truck driver lost control and rammed into individuals at a local entertainment joint.
Gilgil Member of Parliament Martha Wangari confirmed that the driver crashed into a building along the Nakuru-Nairobi Highway, killing three people enjoying a game of pool.
Earlier, he ran over two pedestrians, killing them on the spot. Six other people who were seriously injured due to the impact of the accident were rushed to the hospital for immediate treatment.
However, it was not immediately established whether the driver of the vehicle was among the injured individuals.
The aftermath of an accident in Kikopey on December 3, 2023
Residents at the scene later rushed inside the building to help salvage some of the goods and property.
Gilgil sub-county commander Francis Tumbo confirmed the accident, urging locals to exercise caution while walking on highways or reveling at joints near the roads.
Meanwhile, Gilgil MP Martha Wangari also condoled with the families of the victims.
“What has happened at Kikopey is heart-wrenching. They were all enjoying a beautiful Sunday evening not knowing a dark cloud was about to engulf their space. I am deeply saddened and pray for the families involved,” she added.
The accident comes two days after a matatu rammed into a trailer, also killing five people at Londiani, Kericho County. According to Red Cross Kenya, several others sustained severe injuries.
Police officers who rushed to the scene found passengers stuck inside the vehicle. Alongside emergency service providers, the officers administered first aid to the victims before some were rushed to a nearby hospital for admission.
Londiani and Kikopey areas have claimed over 55 since June this year when a trailer ran over traders and a matatu along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), 3,760 people died in road accidents from January to October 15, 2023. Boda riders recorded the highest number of incidents, accounting for 1,213 deaths.
A collage of an accident in Kericho on Friday, June 30, 2023.