One dead in crash along Nakuru-Eldoret highway
16 November 2015, 08:27
Nakuru - One person died while three others sustained serious injuries in a Sunday morning accident involving a matatu and trailer at Kibunjia trading center along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
Area Traffic base commander, Nderitu Maina who confirmed the incident said that the matatu was ferrying passengers from Nairobi to Kitale when it collided with the trailer.
“The matatu driver was trying to overtake the trailer around 3 am when accident occurred," said Maina.
He said the three survivors who were seriously injured are recuperating at the Rift Valley General Hospital in Nakuru town while seven others who suffered minor injuries were treated and discharged at Molo Sub-county hospital.
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The officer said traffic officers will conduct frequent patrols along the busy Nakuru-Eldoret highway to arrest drivers suspected to be tampering with safety belts and involved in drunk driving as a measure to avoid future accidents.
“Night patrols will help because there are vehicles that speed at night while some drivers use roads while drunk,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rift Valley regional Traffic Enforcement Officer Mary Omari has warned motorists using the busy highway against careless driving.
She said the majority of the accidents are caused by reckless driving and failure by road users to observe traffic rules.
“This year alone, 605 deaths have been reported, a rise from 573 deaths reported last year,” she said adding that motorists should be conscious of traffic rules particularly during this rainy season where majority of drivers lose visibility of the road and cause accidents.
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