Nine people died on Sunday evening in a road accident along the Mombasa-Kilifi highway.

The accident that involved a 14-seater matatu and a lorry occurred in Kaloleni area after the vehicles collided head-on.

Kilifi County Police Commander Stephen Mathu confirmed the incident saying the matatu was heading to Kaloleni from Mombasa when it collided with the truck.

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) last week said 2,689 people were killed in road accidents in Kenya since January.

NTSA statistics

According to the NTSA, the deaths were recorded between January and September this year.

The authority's Board Chair Agnes Odhiambo said the number is an increase of 1.3 per cent of the lives lost during the same period last year.

“Reports indicate that 2,689 persons have lost their lives between 1 st January and 30 September 2020, compared to the same period last year where 2,655 lives were lost, an increase of 1.3 per cent,” she said.

The report attributes most of the accidents to human error as a result of speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, non-use of safety belts motorcycles operating at night with poor visibility and lack of respect for pedestrians and pedal cyclists.