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1 dead, scores survive Saturday morning head-on collision along Nairobi-Nakuru highway

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1 die on the spot, several survive road accident along Nairobi-Nakuru highway

play The wreckage of the bus that crashed at Fort Ternan on October 10, 2018. At t least 56 people died

One person died on the spot fllowing a road accident involving two vehicles along the busy Nakuru-Nairobi highway.

The accident happened at Nyambare area on Saturday morning when a Mitsubishi canter collided head on with an oncoming vehicle.

Lari OCPD Isaiah Odhiambo confirmed the accident stating that several others escaped unhurt.

"We only lost the canter driver but his passenger has been rushed to the hospital where he is receiving treatment, another private car that was behind the ill-fated lorry hit it but its occupants were not injured," Odhiambo said.

"We urge drivers to be careful while driving along this road whether during the rainy and sunny season. Rainy season is worst since vehicles skids and visibility is poor,"he added.

Reports indicate that the lorry which was headed for Nakuru lost control and swerved to the opposite lane, colliding head-on with an oncoming vehicle.

play Scene of the Saturday morning road crash (Courtesy)

 

An eyewitness revealed that the driver of the oncoming private vehicle attempted to apply brakes but skidded as it was raining and the road was slippery.

"We were at the stage waiting for a matatu when the lorries collided. We started running away since we suspected that the vehicles might roll to where we were" he said.

One other person was rushed to hospital following the dawn crash.

Michuki rules

The accident come in the wake of renewed effort to tame road carnage with the reintroduction of stringent traffic rules, popularly known as Michuki rules.

On 29 November, the crackdown went a notch higher after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi personally camped along the Nairobi -Naivasha highway in an impromptu search to ensure compliance by motorists.

Accompanied by traffic police officers, Matiangi went from vehicle to vehicle checking on non-compliant vehicles and passengers. 

play Interior CS Fred Matiangi inspecting vehicles along Naivasha-Nakuru highway (Courtesy)

 

According to a recent report by World Health Organization (WHO), road injuries are now the biggest killer of children and young adults worldwide.

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