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Out-of-control truck tramples passers-by on road in Kenya, 48 killed, 30 seriously injured



Nairobi: A horrific road accident occurred in western Kenya on Friday when a truck lost control. The truck struck other vehicles and pedestrians, causing At least 48 people died. The accident happened at Londiani Junction around 6:30 p.m. International media continuously show the scenes of devastation at the crash site. Damaged wrecks of several minibuses and overturned trucks are visible on the road. It is believed that some may have become trapped in the debris, for which rescuers have been sent to rescue them.

“So far we can confirm 48 dead and we suspect one or two people are still trapped under the truck,” local police commander Geoffrey Mayek told AFP. He said “a further 30 people were seriously injured and were taken to various hospitals, warning that the death toll could rise.” Rift Valley Regional Police Commander Tom Moboya Odero said the truck, which was heading towards Kericho, lost control and hit eight vehicles, several motorcycles, roadside vendors, vendors and people from other companies.

Kenyan leaders, including President William Ruto, expressed their condolences after the accident. Transport Minister Kipchumba Murkomen said on Twitter that an investigation would be carried out to determine the cause of the crash after rescue efforts. Collins Kipkoech, chief medical officer at Kericho County Hospital, said the morgue has so far received 45 bodies, while other victims have been transferred to other hospitals and the rescue is still in progress. course.

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A witness said the truck was traveling at high speed and making noise. She said: “All I can say is that I am lucky to be alive because I saw what happened. I saw very bad scenes, corpses and blood everywhere. Many people died.” Another witness said, “The accident happened suddenly, none of them had time to escape. People were screaming everywhere and everyone was running after the accident. ‘accident.”

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