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Accident along Nairobi-Nakuru highway | Coastweek

NAKURU (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2018 shows a wreckage of a public service vehicle (PSV) after a head on collision with a trailer along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, Nakuru. At least 11 people were killed and several others injured in a road accident along a busy highway in northwest Kenya early Sunday morning. XINHUA PHOTO: ROBERT MANYARA

Eleven killed others injured in northwest Kenya road accident

NAKURU (Xinhua) -- At least 11 people were killed and several others injured in a road accident along a busy highway in northwest Kenya on Saturday night.

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.

Gilgil divisional 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.

             

 

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