ACCIDENT

One killed, 12 injured in Homa Bay road accident

The matatu driver lost control of the vehicle in the process.

In Summary

• Arujo chief Bob Lang’o said the accident occurred when the Nissan tried to overtake a Probox while avoiding hitting a motorbike.

• The matatu driver lost control of the vehicle in the process.

A police officer at the scene of accident near Sofia estate in Homa Bay town along Homa Bay -Rongo road on November 24,2021
A police officer at the scene of accident near Sofia estate in Homa Bay town along Homa Bay -Rongo road on November 24,2021
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO

A matatu tout was killed and 12 passengers seriously injured in a grisly road accident in Homa Bay town on Wednesday.

The accident happened near Sofia estate on the Homa Bay –Rongo road.

The matatu was ferrying passengers from Homa Bay town to Rongo.

Arujo chief Bob Lang’o said the accident occurred when the Nissan tried to overtake a Probox while avoiding hitting a motorbike.

The matatu driver lost control of the vehicle in the process.

“The Nissan, the Probox and the motorcycle were travelling from Homa Bay town. The driver lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and hit a building housing a health clinic,” Lang’o said.

The tout died on the spot. His body was moved to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital mortuary.

The 12 passengers who were injured seriously were rushed to different health facilities in the town.

Homa Bay subcounty police commander Sammy Koskey said they are inspecting the wreckage.

“Those who were injured have been rushed to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital while one has been taken to Osani Community Health and Development Center Hospital,” Koskey said.

The driver of the Probox fled.

“We are looking for the driver for interrogation over the incident,” he said.

He told road users to observe traffic rules and avoid overloading to prevent accidents.

Some Homa Bay town residents at the scene where a road accident occured killing a tout at Sofia estate along Homa Bay- Rongo road on November 24,2021
Some Homa Bay town residents at the scene where a road accident occured killing a tout at Sofia estate along Homa Bay- Rongo road on November 24,2021
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO
Some Homa Bay town residents at the scene where a road accident occured killing a tout at Sofia estate along Homa Bay- Rongo road on November 24,2021
Some Homa Bay town residents at the scene where a road accident occured killing a tout at Sofia estate along Homa Bay- Rongo road on November 24,2021
Image: ROBERT OMOLLO