At least 15 people perished on Wednesday morning after two passenger buses collided head-on along the Mombasa-Malindi highway.
The accident occured at ‘Kwa Mkikuyu’ area in Msabaha.
Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said Muhsin bus with 50 passengers heading to Garissa from Mombasa tried to overtake another vehicle and hit an on coming Sabaki shuttle minibus heading to Mombasa from Marereni.
Sabaki shuttle mini bus is owned by Sabaki Travellers Sacco.
Mr. Olaka noted that Muhsin bus driver was at a very high speed before the accident occurred.
“The road at ‘Kwa Mkikuyu’ area is under construction but the driver ignored the fact and was driving at a very high speed,” said Olaka.
Both the drivers died on the spot.
14 passengers died on the spot while one died at Malindi Sub County hospital.
“Other 15 more passengers were left in critical condition and are receiving urgent medical attention in various hospitals in Kilifi and Malindi,” revealed the Administrator.
Olaka also blamed the contractor for taking long in rehabilitating the road.
Tension remains high at the accident scene as traffic police, Kenya Red Cross officials, Kilifi County government emergency response team and locals carried the remains of the badly mutilated bodies lying all over the place.
Some reports also indicated that some of those who perished are Kilifi County government staff.
Kilifi County Governor Amason Jeffa Kingi sent his condolences to the bereaved appealing to motorists to be very careful when approaching the now black spot area.
Meanwhile, Kilifi police Commandant Nelson Taliti has cautioned locals against stealing from ‘the dead’
Taliti scoffed at locals who he said made away with valuables including laptops and mobile phones from those who died following the tragic accident.
He urged the public to exercise humanity in search circumstances and assist those in need.
The road was later cleared and both wreckages towed to Malindi police stations.
Police have launched investigations on the cause of the accident.