A 40-year-old woman died on the spot and two others including a lorry driver were seriously injured when an Isuzu lorry they were travelling in rammed into the rear of a trailer at Maltauro area long Mai – Mahiu Narok highway on Wednesday morning.
Confirming the accident, Narok County Police Commander John Kizito Mutoro said the Isuzu lorry which was coming from Mai – Mahiu to Narok was descending the steep hill at Maltauro when it rammed into the rear of a Mercedes Actros trailer.
The woman, identified as Susan Wanjiru died on the spot while the lorry driver and another woman who was also aboard the ill-fated lorry suffered soft tissue injuries as well as facial and leg injuries.
The accident happened at 5:00 am.
The two injured individuals are now recuperating at Narok Referral Hospital while the body of the deceased has been moved to Narok Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
The lorry and the trailer were towed to Ntulele Police Station in Narok East sub-county for inspection.
Last Friday, two Spanish tourists were seriously injured when a tourist lorry they were travelling in hit a bump, lost control and fell near Oltilgual Primary School along the Lolgorian Masusrura road in the new Transmara South Sub- County.
National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) estimates that 3,000 Kenyans die from road accidents every year – costing the country between 3-5 per cent of GDP. 83 per cent of the fatalities are men, with individuals aged between 30-34 years most at risk, thus robbing the country of a very productive age bracket.
Sadly, these numbers have been increasing every year. For instance, NTSA released data that showed that 3,114 people had perished in road accidents in 2020 as compared to 2,942 people in 2019.
NTSA has blamed the increasing number of fatalities on our road for over drinking and reckless driving.
Many of the accidents occur over the weekends and holidays with the hours 5:00 PM-8:00 AM being considered as peak accident hours.
The majority of these people who die in these accidents are vulnerable road users – pedestrians, motorcyclists, and cyclists.
In addition, nearly one-third of deaths are among passengers – many of whom are killed in unsafe forms of public transportation.