DUNYA, Kenya — A pregnant woman who died in a traffic accident in northeastern Kenya was the mother of two babies.
The woman was driving in central Donya province when she hit a tractor-trailer, killing her husband and the woman’s 4-year-old son.
A preliminary autopsy showed the woman died of blunt force trauma.
The accident occurred on Thursday, the day before the anniversary of Kenya’s independence from British colonial rule.
The accident took place at around 8:20 p.m. local time (2:20 a.m., Wednesday), when the woman was traveling along the highway south of the city of Donyab.
She was carrying her two-month-old baby, a girl named Nelana, who was not injured, and a third baby, named Moko, who had minor injuries.
The woman’s husband, the head of the village council in Donyan, said the wife was killed after the tractor-tractor she was driving went off the road and hit the tractor trailer.
“She was going too fast, so the tractor was thrown off the highway,” said the village’s mayor, Monye.
Moko was later taken to hospital in Nairobi, where he died on Sunday, the local medical office said.
There were no witnesses, and the family is being questioned.
Authorities said the accident happened when the tractor fell off the roadway at the edge of the road, hitting the road.
The tractor-mobile, which was being used for farming, was thrown from the road to the side, the mayor said.