Lorry Rams Into Traders in Kisii's Daraja Mbili Market (VIDEO)
Oct. 29, 2020
PhotoAccident at Kisii Daraja Mbili Market
A lorry lost control ploughed through traders and rammed into bridge at Daraja Mbili market in Kisii town on Thursday morning,29 October which was a market day . The Kisii County Communications Director Jeff Akunga while speaking to the media confirmed the incident, stating that the lorry ferrying cereals steered off the road and ramming through the traders in the market and ramming nearby motorbikes.
According to Chairman for Daraja Mbili Market, Dennis Nyamwara, five people sustained injuries and were rushed to the Kisii Teaching and Referral hospital with one woman being critically injured in the ordeal.
Photo:Daraja Mbili Market
"Residents alerted the traders upon seeing the vehicle lose control. I highly urge all drivers to take precaution when driving along these busy roads," he said.
He also commended the prompt response by the County police officers who rushed to the scene of the accident to calm matters. Daraja Mbili is one of the largest open air market in the country which serves Nyanza and Rift valley region . According to the Kenya Police website, Daraja Mbili-Bondo junction was listed as a blackspot and considered risky for motorists due to the number of accidents that have occurred.
Traders who illegally engage in business along the busy roads instead of the designated markets were put on notice. In 2018, a tanker rammed a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) leaving three people seriously injured. The accident occurred along the Kisumu-Busia highway after the brakes of the tanker failed while ascending a steep road at Daraja Mbili.
Then Nyanza Regional Traffic boss Andrew Naibei stated that the trailer reversed and hit a matatu which was heading to Busia. Other passengers escaped unhurt while the injured were rushed to Kisumu County Hospital for treatment.
Another incident in 2018 saw a teacher and two pupils sustain injuries after being involved in an accident at the same spot. This was after a school van they were travelling in veered off the road plunging into a ditch.
This comes a few days after a lorry rammed into traders in a market in Western leading to deaths of several people with others sustaining serious injuries .,
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