A man, his grandson and their cow died on the spot when a Nissan Matatu plying Kisii – Kisumu route lost control and veered off the road crashing them at Miobo village west Mogirango location Nyamira County.
Eye witnesses said Jeremiah Omari aged 64 and his grandson, Brian Onsongo, 11, were tending to the cow outside their home when the incident occurred.
Daniel Amecha said he was going to attend a burial ceremony in the neighbourhood when he saw the Nissan belonging to Somaline Sacco lose control and hit the deceased near the gate to their home.
The daughter to the deceased, Isabella Kemunto, said she had just arrived from harvesting beans in their garden when she heard a loud bang before screams from passengers and passersby.
Confirming the incident on phone, Nyamira Police Chief, Inspector Hassan Osman said the Nissan was filled to capacity with passengers among them school children on their way for midterm break.
Osman urged motorists to be careful especially during this season when many schools would release children for the break.
Those who were injured were taken to Nyamira referral hospital for treatment while the bodies were moved to the hospital mortuary awaiting burial arrangements.
Residents said the cow which was still lying by the road would be buried in the homestead.
Meanwhile, a man who was caught stealing a student’s bag at the scene escaped death narrowly after he was stoned by the angry residents.
He was rescued by police who arrived just in time.
By Jane Naitore