11 perish at Nakuru-Eldoret highway

11 perished at Nakuru-Eldoret highway today

The death toll of the early Monday morning accident at Ngata, along the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway has risen to 11 after five more people succumbed to injuries.

Rift Valley Provincial General Medical director  James Waweru said among those who died at the hospital were a six-month-old baby and the mother.

He said another child was admitted in critical condition after being hit on the head during the 3:30 am road crash that involved a matatu and a truck.

The mother of the child in hospital is also admitted with two broken legs among other injuries,”   Director Waweru said.

Director James Waweru said the hospital received seven people from the accident three of whom were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Nakuru County Police Commander Samuel Ndanyi said the accident occurred when the truck driver lost control of his vehicle and veered off the road onto the opposite lane.

He said the lorry collided head-on with a matatu belonging to Farasi Sacco which was ferrying passengers from Kitale to Nairobi.

“The vehicles collided and rolled off the road killing six people on the spot among them the matatu driver,” he said.

This is a serious accident that happened and it brings out a challenge to the drivers who are using the same road since it seems to be a black spot where accidents just occur and carry innocent soul.

Samuel Ndanyi the police commander  said the truck driver fled the scene immediately after the accident adding that police were searching for him because he went missing.

Bodies of those who perished on the scene were moved to Nakuru County Mortuary while the vehicles were towed to Nakuru Central Police Station in order to avoid traffic congestion in the roads .

The Ngata stretch of the the dangerous Soilo-Salgaa stretch of the highway has been identified as a black spot having experienced numerous fatal accidents every month.

Last year, Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen outlined short-term measures the government would undertake to forestall further loss of lives at Ngata Bridge.

Speaking after an accident that cost 10 lives in December 2022, Murkomen instructed the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to install ‘Observe Lane Discipline’ road signs on the stretch of the road around the Ngata area.

This is yet to happen even as more accidents continue to occur , since it seems to be a hotspot because accident keeps occuring taking people’s lives.


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