Two passengers died and 16 others were seriously injured when a matatu collided head-on with an oncoming bus on the busy Kakamega-Mumias road on Thursday night.
The dead included the matatu driver and a passenger who was sitting on the front seat.
Witnesses said the matatu collided with the bus while attempting to overtake another vehicle at a sharp turn on the road near the Joyland Trading Centre, three kilometres from Kakamega Town.
The Western Region Traffic Commander Geoffrey Njogu said the injured were admitted to Nala Nursing Home and the County General Hospital.
He said the injured passengers were from the matatu and the bus.
The 7:15pm accident caused a snarl-up along the busy road for nearly two hours as traffic officers struggled to clear the scene.
Bags and other belongings of the injured passengers were strewn at the scene of the accident.
“Some passengers in the bus who had not belted were thrown from their seats on impact and sustained injuries and are admitted to the hospitals,” said Mr Njogu.
The mangled wreck of the matatu was towed to the Kakamega Police Station.
Mr Njogu asked drivers to avoid speeding to avert road carnage during the festive Easter period.