One dead, three injured in road accident

By: ERIC MATARA

One person died as three sustained serious injuries on Sunday after a matatu and a truck collided at Kibunjia trading center, on Nakuru-Eldoret highway.

Area Traffic Base Commander Mr Nderitu Maina said the accident occurred when the matatu driver, who was transporting passengers from Nairobi – Kitale, attempted to overtake the truck.

“The Matatu driver was trying to overtake the trailer when the 3 am accident occurred,” Mr Maina said.

He said the three survivors are recuperating at Rift Valley General Hospital in Nakuru town, while seven others who suffered minor injuries were treated and discharged at Molo Sub-County Hospital.

He added that traffic officers will conduct frequent night patrols to checking on motorists flouting traffic rules such as drink-driving.

“Night patrols will help because there are vehicles that speed at night while some drivers use roads while drunk.”

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 of 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 the rainy season where majority of drivers lose road visibility leading to accidents.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION