A truck ploughed into a house killing mother and son at Mukhonje trading centre, along Eldoret-Webuye highway.
A neighbor of the deceased, Mable Nanjendo, said that a loud crash was heard at about 10pm and shortly thereafter, she went out and discovered the neighbors’ house had been flattened.
Najendo said that Beatrice Makhungu and her seven year old son, who were asleep, died instantly after the house collapsed on them over the weekend.
The bodies were recovered following concerted efforts by the residents, who helped to remove the rubble.
“May be we could have managed to get them alive and rescue them, but due to lack of rescue equipment, it took us a long time only to find they had passed on,” said Nanjendo.
A family member of the dead Mr. Patrick Kegonde regretted that the accident had robbed him of his sister and nephew few months after losing their father.
The bodies were transported to Chebaiywa hospital mortuary in the neighboring Uasin Gishu County.
The driver of the truck who escaped with minor injuries is said to have lost control due to brake failure as he descended towards Mukhonje, before veering off the road and ploughing into the building.
The trailer was transporting construction material from the Kenyan coast to Uganda when the accident occurred.
Following several other accidents in the past in the area, residents, led by Mr. Suleiman Simiti, have called for construction of speed bumps at the section of the road towards Mukhonje to check speeding.
According to them, most drivers on the road “descend the slope towards the trading center on free gear, but at high speed to enable them gain momentum uphill,” they said.
Confirming the incident, the Lugari base commander, Hassan Elema urged motorists to exercise caution during this rainy season, saying most sections of roads in the region were slippery.