Early on Monday 6th, a grisly accident was reported on the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway which resulted in the confirmation of ten deaths. The incident, which reportedly occurred at 4 a.m. in the Ngata area at the Salgaa stretch, involved a truck and an eleven-seater shuttle.
Nakuru County Commander speaks
Samuel Ndanyi, Nakuru County Commander confirmed the incident and said it occurred after the matatu and lorry collided. He also added that apart from the ten deaths, the accident also left several passengers with serious injuries. The injured victims were rushed to Nakuru Level 6 Hospital for medical attention and care.
A police officer talks about the grisly accident
According to a police officer who spoke with Citizen TV early this morning, it took over an hour to separate the unfortunate vehicles, indicating that the crash was serious.
When the terrible collision occurred, the trailer was traveling toward Eldoret and the matatu was heading towards Nakuru.
“It was a head-on collision,” the police officer said adding the impact was also quite severe.
Images released from the scene revealed the terrifying extent of the 3 a.m. collision, with the matatu suffering significant damage.
CS Transport Kipchumba Murkomen
Considering the numerous accidents reported along the Salgaa stretch in the Ngata area, CS Kipchumba Murkomen had previously declared that the stretch would be upgraded in an effort to lower the accident rate. This is because the majority of the accidents involve trucks and public utility vehicles, making it a blackspot.
Following CS Kipchumba Murkomen’s order, the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) began building a four-kilometer concrete barrier in June. Stretching across the rail bridge, the barrier runs from Ngata Gate to Ngata Road.
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