A terrible accident occurred on Monday, October 12 along the busy Bungoma Malaba highway causing two trailers which rammed into each other to burst into flames.
The accident caused a major traffic snarl up as residents tried to contain the raging fire.
Luckily there were no reported deaths as the injured drivers were rushed to Bungoma Level 5 Hospital.
Witnesses reported that the one of the lorries lost control and rammed head on another going the opposite direction with the impact causing a fire.
“One of the truck had its steering lock leading to the accident. One vehicle was travelling from Mombasa to Tororo while the other was transporting skin products from Kampala,” the witness told the media.
The Bungoma Malaba highway is a notorious black spot where fatal accidents take away precious lives.
In August, 10 people were killed when a lorry lost control before hitting two matatus, bodabodas moments before it ran over women hawking groceries by the roadside.
During the same month, a truck driver was burnt beyond recognition while two others sustained injuries after a fuel tanker lost control before catching fire along the Bungoma-Malaba highway in Teso North Sub County.
Last year in June, eight people died on the spot after a matatu they were travelling in collided with a bus at Matulo Corner along the Webuye-Bungoma highway.
National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) in a report released recently said that 2,689 persons had lost their lives between January 1 and September 30, 2020, compared 2019 where 2,655 lives were.
In a statement released on Friday, the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) expressed concern over rising cases of road traffic accidents across the country.
He said that National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) will start conducting random alcoblow tests in all major towns starting today after 60 people were killed due to drunk driving between October 2-4.