NAKURU (Xinhua) --
At least 11 people were killed and several others injured in a
road accident along a busy highway in northwest Kenya on
Rift Valley Traffic
Commandant Zero Arome who confirmed the incident along Nairobi-Nakuru
highway involved a commuter bus Christened Climax heading to
Nairobi from Western Kenya which rammed head on into an incoming
truck in Gilgil.
“Eleven people died
on the spot while several others were injured. The injured have
been rushed to hospital. We have also launched investigations to
establish the cause of the accident,” Arome said on Sunday.
police commander Emmanuel Opuru said the bus was trying to
overtake another vehicle when it collided with the truck which
was coming from the opposite direction.
Opuru said the truck
was coming from the opposite direction. The bus was ferrying
passengers from Vihiga in Western Kenya to Nairobi while the
truck was heading to Nakuru.
“Among those who
died are seven women and four men. Four other people were taken
to the Naivasha Sub-County Hospital,” said Opuru.
More than 10 other
passengers with serious injuries were rushed to the Nakuru Level
Five Hospital for specialized treatment.
Road accidents still
continue to occur despite strict traffic rules which were
introduced by the government to help curb road carnage.
An estimated 3,000
Kenyans die in road accidents annually despite concerted efforts
by the state and the private sector to promote safety on the
highways, according to the National Transport Safety Authority.