A truck driver died on the spot while his conductor sustained serious injuries in a road accident that involved two trucks at Kaburengu along Eldoret-Webuye Highway in Matete sub country in Kakamega County on Monday.
Matete Sub County Police Commander Thomas Ototo said the accident occurred after the brakes of a truck ferrying construction material failed while descending the steep Chimoi slope towards Webuye before the driver lost control and collided head on with another truck that was coming from the opposite side.
The vehicle ripped off the cabin of the second truck killing the driver on the spot before it veered off the road landing in a ditch and bursting into flames as the driver of the first truck and his co-driver escaped with injuries.
Ototo has appealed to drivers plying the highway to be extra careful while descending the Chimoi slope which is one of the black spots along the busy highway. He also warned them against driving on “free gear.”
The injured were rescued and rushed to Webuye sub county hospital as the body was taken to the mortuary at the same facility.
By Sammy Mwibanda