A 10-years-old girl was on Sunday, September 10, killed after a trailer rammed into a residential plot at Soliat Corner, in Soko Huru along Kisumu- Kericho Highway.
According to a statement by the National Police Service (NPS), the accident occurred at around 1020 hours as the driver of the trailer was headed towards Kisumu.
The driver is said to have lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road to the left and thereby hitting the residential plot.
“At about 1020 hours, the unknown driver was driving the said motor vehicle from Kericho general direction towards Kisumu and on reaching the scene of the accident, he lost control of the vehicle, veered off the road and hit a residential plot damaging it completely,” the statement read in part.
Moreover, photos taken at the scene showed the plot completely damaged, a manifestation of the impact from the accident.
The trailer’s cabin was also damaged and buried in the debris of the collapsed building.
In the statement, NPS confirmed that the 10-year-old girl who was inside the building died on the spot.
Also, the driver lost his life on the spot while two others- a woman aged 30 and a one year old- sustained serious injuries.
The two are currently admitted in the Kericho Level 5 Hospital.
Police officers in the area arrived at the scene and helped to coordinate offloading the trailer and ensurng there was order and security.
At the same time, the officers launched investigations to identify the cause of the accident.
The Sunday accident comes at the back of a series of accidents on major highways in Kenya in the past one week.
On Friday, September 8, at least eight people were confirmed dead after a matatu they were traveling in collided with a truck at Salama area, Makueni County along the Nairobi- Mombasa Road.
This came a day after yet another tragic accident in Voi that left at least 12 people dead on Thursday, September 7.
In total, the accidents reported in the period have claimed over 20 lives which comes amid efforts to contain road accidents-related deaths.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), the number of deaths caused by road accidents in the first three months of 2023 was 974.
Whilst the statistics represented a drop compared to 2022, the road safety agency affirmed its commitment to step sensitization on road safety in a bid to stem the trend.