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Tragic accident claims life of local cook, leaves 8 injured in Homa Bay

By George Odiwuor December 21st, 2023 2 min read

A devastating Thursday, December 21, morning accident along Kendu Bay-Katito Road, one person lost their life, and eight others sustained serious injuries when a lorry they were traveling in overturned.

The tragic incident occurred as the 23-year-old, employed as a cook at a local catering firm, was en route to a ceremony where his team was scheduled to prepare food for guests.

The unfortunate accident took place near Kendu Bay town, short of their intended destination. The lorry, reportedly speeding, veered off the road and overturned, resulting in the demise of the young cook.

Witnesses recounted the vehicle landing on its side, with shattered windshields and the cargo, including plastic chairs, tents, and cutlery, strewn across the accident site.

The driver, unable to maintain control, lost command of the vehicle during the incident. While it remains unclear what caused the accident, Rachuonyo North Police Commander Lydia Parteiyie described it as a self-involved crash.

“Nine people were on board. One of them died as he was being taken to the hospital,” she stated, emphasising that investigations are underway to determine the root cause. The lorry was subsequently towed to Kendu Bay police station for a thorough inspection.

The injured victims, referred from Kendu Bay Sub-County Hospital, were redirected to Kisumu for specialised treatment.

This tragic event follows another road accident earlier in the week, where a middle-aged woman lost her life at Madiaba trading center along Kisii-Ahero highway in Rachuonyo South.

The woman, traveling on a motorcycle, was struck by a private car, resulting in fatal injuries. Three additional individuals, including two riders, suffered serious injuries when the same car collided with another motorcycle on the road.

Witnesses cited speeding as a contributing factor, with the driver attempting to avoid a rider ahead, ultimately losing control and colliding with the motorcycles.

Police Commander Parteiyie urged motorists to exercise caution during the festive season, emphasising the increased activity on the roads.