By: GEOFFREY RONO
Five people died on Friday night in a grisly accident on the Bomet-Narok highway.
The accident, which occurred at Kipsoen near Longisa Trading Centre, which is some 15 kilometres from Bomet Town, involved a Nairobi-bound matatu christened ‘Narok Safaris Sacco’ and a bus named ‘Quarser Shuttle’ that was en route to Kisii from Nairobi.
According to Bomet County Police Service Commander Ms Leah Kithei, three people died on the spot while two others lost their lives while undergoing treatment at the Longisa County Referral hospital.
“The dead — three men and two women — were all aboard the matatu,” Ms Kithei said.
Thirteen other passengers sustained serious injuries, 10 of whom are said to be in critical condition in various hospitals in the region.
The Nation learnt that two passengers were admitted at Tenwek and Kijabe Mission hospitals respectively, with multiple fractures while the rest were rushed to Longisa Hospital.
Ms Kithei said out of the 13 survivors, three of them were in the bus and sustained minor injuries, while the rest were travelling in the matatu.
She explained that the accident occurred when the driver of the matatu was trying to overtake a stationary lorry that had apparently developed mechanical problems.
“The matatu collided with the oncoming bus on the left side of the vehicle killing the three passengers instantly,” she explained.
At the Tenwek Hospital, doctors were busy treating the critically injured who had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. A number of them were being added more pints of blood while others were on water drips.
One of the doctors, who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said described the patient’s condition as “serious but stable”
She appealed to motorists to exercise care while plying the route especially at the moment when heavy rains are pounding the region.
The incident comes barely a week after three people, including two children, were killed in an accident that involved an MP’s vehicle on the Bomet-Sotik road.
The accident, which occurred near St Mary’s Mixed Primary School, involved a motorbike and a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle belonging to Suna West MP Joseph Ndiege.
The area is usually regarded as a black spot, owing to the numerous accidents that have taken place there.
The MP’s driver, Mr Samson Omolo, said; “There was a lorry between the motorcycle and our vehicle at the time of the accident.”
He said he made the decision to overtake the lorry that had slowed down not knowing that there was a motorcycle which was making a right turn ahead of it.
“I did not realise that the motorcycle was making the turn. It is here that our vehicle rammed into the motorcycle killing the rider and the two children on the spot,” he said.
The two children are believed to be from the same family.
It is said they were being taken to church by the rider at the time of the accident.
Bomet OCPD Abel Sande urged motorists to exercise care while plying the route.
“We urge drivers to exercise caution especially now that heavy rains have been pounding this region,” he said.