Seven people have died in Migori County in separate road accidents.
In the first crash, four people — three men and a woman — were killed when a matatu they were travelling in overturned on the Migori-Awendo highway after a rear tyre burst.
The driver of the matatu then lost control of the vehicle before it rolled several times and landed in a ditch.
According to Migori County police boss David Kirui, the driver of the Kisii Town-bound matatu was among the dead.
“Four other passengers are in critical condition while six others are stable,” he said.
The survivors, who suffered broken ribs and arms, were rushed to various hospitals in the county but could not talk, with medical officers asking friends and relatives to keep off the wards for a while.
Witnesses claimed the vehicle was speeding when its tyre burst.
“The vehicle left Uriri Trading Centre after picking up some passengers and was being driven at high speed as it descended the incline heading to Awendo Town,” said Mr Boaz Oketch.
Mr Kirui asked matatu operators to be careful on the road in a bid to protect their own lives and those of the operators.
“We will not tolerate careless driving on our roads and the Traffic Department is also going to act tough on unroadworthy vehicles operating in the region,” warned the police boss.
The bodies of the dead were moved to the Migori County Referral Hospital mortuary.
Elsewhere, two children were killed on the Migori–Muhuru highway after the driver of a pickup truck lost control and crushed them.
The children were walking on the roadside when the vehicle ploughed into them. A third victim survived.
Police said they were investigating claims that the driver was drunk when the accident occurred.
In Migori Town, a woman was killed by a lorry that was reversing near the main stage.
The victim had just alighted from a bus that had arrived from Nairobi when she met her death in the morning.
“The driver of the lorry appeared unaware that somebody was standing behind the vehicle,” said Mr Kirui.