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61 escape death in a road accident

19 December 2012, 09:40 Alloys Musyoka

Sixty one passengers narrowly escaped death after the bus they were traveling in rolled when their driver tried to avoid colliding with a Lorry at Garsen along Malindi Lamu High way in Tana Delta district on Tuesday evening.

Tana River district police boss Richard Mukwate confirmed the incident and said injured passengers were taken to Garsen dispensary for treatment.

Red cross officials who responded to rescue the injured during the 4:30 pm incident said that out of 61 passengers, 11 were in critical condition.

The accident Mukwate said involved a Taweel bus and a lorry which both heading to Mombasa from Lamu when the driver tried to avoid colliding with a lorry which was avoiding pot holes.

"The lorry was avoiding pot holes while the driver of the bus was speeding and overtaking the lorry and so he tried to avoid colliding with they lorry and instead swerved out of the road rolling the bus where several people were injured," said the OCPD.

The OCPD said the driver of the lorry was arrested and taken to Garsen police station when he attempted to escape after the incident.

The accident is the second one during this week after another one occurred along the same road near Kanagoni area where Najaa bus veered off the road after tried to hitting approaching lorry where several people sustained minor injuries.

"The driver of the lorry sped off but our officers managed to trace him at Kanagoni area, the boarder between Tana River county and Kilifi county and brought him back," he said.

Mukwate noted that both vehicle will be inspected to establish if they had any problems which may have also contributed to the accident.

He called on road users along Malindi Lamu and Holla High way to exercise a lot of caution when using the road especially this festive season to avoid causing accidents which can lead to deaths of innocent people.

The police boss said the road in Tana Delta is full of potholes and so drivers should drive slowly and obey the new traffic rules which he added they (officers) are monitoring drivers very close to ensure no one break them.

He warned drivers and all road users especially vehicles, motorcycle,Tuk Tuk and private vehicles that they will be prosecuted if found breaking the newly created traffic laws.

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