Two killed in Nakuru-Eldoret highway accident
Two people died on Thursday morning in a grisly road accident at Timbora along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway. The accident, involving a truck and a saloon car, occurred at Kahoya trading centre, between Baringo and Uasin Gishu Counties.
According to Mr Joseph Ongaya, the Koibatek sub-county commandant who confirmed the incident, two people died on the spot while five others are receiving treatment in hospital.
“The accident involved a Nissan Note, which veered to the right side, hitting the oncoming truck. Unfortunately, we lost two people in the accident,” Ongaya told the Nation.
He said the bodies of the deceased were taken to Eldama Ravine Hospital while the injured are recuperating at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
Mr Ongaya also noted that the stretch of the road is a hotspot and cautioned the road users to exercise caution to curb the loss of more lives.
“We want to appeal to road users to be cautious when driving, especially during the rainy season. Unfortunately, we lost lives, ” Mr Ongaya said.
Munir Ahmed, the driver of the truck that was involved in the accident, said he was driving towards Nakuru on his lane before the truck was hit by the speeding salon. He said the vehicle hit the truck damaging the fuel tank and rear tires.
“I was in my lane when I was speeding before losing control and hitting the truck. We don’t know if he was exhausted,” said Mr Ahmed.
Meanwhile, area residents have called on the government, through the Ministry of Roads and Transport, to erect the bumps and road signages to curb road accidents.
“We are appealing to the government and Kenha, to erect bumps to curb loss of lives. This stretch has become dangerous to road users,” said Mr David Rop.
The residents said the road has claimed more than 100 lives in the last five years.
On Monday, 21 people sustained serious injuries after they were involved in a road accident on the same highway.
According to Turbo sub-county police boss Edward Masibo the Monday night accident occurred at Ainabkoi junction and it involved a school bus and a private motor vehicle.
The injured were among a delegation of 51 members of the Sabaot community who were traveling from Nairobi to Kitale after presenting their views on the bipartisan talks at the Bomas of Kenya.
The elders are pushing for the creation of a new county known as Saboat County to cater for the interests of the local community as they decry continued marginalization.