November 14, 2018

7 die in grisly road accident along Nakuru-Eldoret Highway

The Nakuru-Eldoret Highway has once again witnessed the death of seven people in the month of December.

The seven died on Saturday night in a grisly road accident involving a matatu and lorry at Makutano along the busy highway.

According to a Rift Valley Traffic Enforcement Officer, the accident happened when the matatu tried to overtake before crashing head-on with an on-coming lorry.

On Monday, 19 people died in a road accident at Kamukuywa Bridge along the Webuye-Kitale road.

Among the dead were nine family members who were travelling to Vihiga from Kitale.

Over 30 people were also killed on Tuesday in a 13 vehicle pile-up on the Sachagwan black spot during Jamhuri Day celebrations.

Police at the scene said the accident was caused by a lorry driver attempting to evade National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) agents.

NTSA, however, refuted police reports that its officers caused the deadly accident.

NTSA boss Francis Meja said his officers had actually prevented more deaths.

He said one of the officers tried to control oncoming vehicles by directing them off the road.

“But unfortunately those coming from the other direction suffered most as a result of a corner just few metres from the accident scene.

“If you look at the distance where our vehicles were stationed at that time, it is just 500 metres and there is no way the truck would have gained such momentum … We therefore ask the public to stop such speculations,” Meja stressed.

“It would be horrible to crucify officers who are diligently doing their work without verifying the information. Just because our fleet was few meters to the scene it should not be perceived that it was pursuing the truck,” he added.

The horrific crash involved a Modern Coast bus, a Great Rift Valley matatu and a private car among other vehicles.

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