Three children from one family perish in grisly road accident

Three children from one family perish in grisly road accident

A family in Sigeria, Migori County is mourning the deaths of their three children who died on the spot after they were hit by a speeding car along the Migori-Kisii highway on Sunday evening.

The trio was in company of another minor who sustained injuries and is currently recuperating at Migori Level 4 hospital.

The four were coming from a church service in the evening when a speeding car (Probox) hit them as they were crossing the road, killing them on the spot and seriously injuring the fourth one.

Family and friends who gathered at their home to condole with the family condemned the driver saying the accident could have been avoided.

The family is now seeking justice even as police continue with investigations into the incident.

Elsewhere, two people were rushed to Matuu Level 4 hospital after a car (Probox) they were travelling in veered off the road at Kasua Ngove area along the Kanyonyo-Kivaa road in Machakos County on Sunday evening.

Last week, the National Transport Authority (NTSA) released a report indicating that Nairobi County accounts for 22 percent of the national fatalities resulting from road accidents.

According to NTSA, in the year 2015, a total of 668 deaths were recorded in Nairobi with 497 of these deaths being pedestrians.

Nairobi is closely followed by Nakuru and Kakamega whereas Lamu and Tana River recorded the lowest number of fatalities.

NTSA associated the high number of fatalities in the capital city to the high number of vehicles and pedestrians.

The authority classified the Thika Superhighway, Airport North Road, Thika Road, Eastern Bypass, Jogoo Road and Mombasa Road as high-risk roads saying that they account for the highest number of accidents in the city.

The Northern Corridor, which stretches from Mombasa to Malaba and passes through major towns of Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret and Busia, accounted for 18 percent of the total fatalities in 2015, an equivalent of 541 deaths.

Statistics further show that weekends account for the highest number of fatalities with Saturday being the most notorious with a total count of 20.1 percent in 2015. Sunday follows closely with 18.3 percent while Friday accounts for 14.6 percent of the total fatalities.

The high number of accidents over the weekends has been associated with drunk-driving and high rate of movements from one part of the country to the other.

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