Tragic road crash in Kenya claims at least 52 lives, leaves dozens more injured

 July 3, 2023

A massive tragedy unfolded in Kenya last week after a horrific road crash involving a truck killed dozens and injured more.Β 

According to the Daily Caller, 52 people were confirmed dead, and at least 32 were injured after a road crash in Londiani Junction, a busy intersection about 130 miles northeast of Nairobi.

That particular intersection has a busy roadside market and other services, with numerous pedestrians at any given time.

Kipchumba Murkomen, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Roads, Transport, and Public Works, released a statement on the tragic situation that claimed so many lives.

"Heartfelt condolences"

"Unfortunately, all the victims were trading on the roadside market and the others boarding vehicles at the roadside car park. I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to families, friends and relatives of those who lost their lives and wish a quick recovery to those recuperating in various hospitals," he tweeted.

Witnesses at the scene told authorities that the crash happened very quickly and said nobody had time to get out of the way of the incoming carnage.

The truck primarily responsible for the horrific accident reportedly lost control at the worst possible spot, plowing into "cars, minibuses, motorcycle taxis and market stalls at the intersection," the Daily Caller added.

Local rescue workers worked through a brutal rainstorm to pull victims out of piles of wreckage.

Bad history

The Daily Caller noted:

There were 4,579 road crash fatalities in Kenya in 2021, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The figure rose to 4,690 in 2022, according to The Star, a national paper in Kenya.

Many on social media pointed out that the intersection is notorious for bad accidents, but many added that this is likely one of the worst ever.

Local officials echoed calls for speedbumps to be placed around the intersection, and market traders moved further back from the main road.

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