Twelve perish in Salgaa grisly accident

Twelve people have been confirmed dead and two others seriously injured in a road crash at the notorious Salgaa black spot, along the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway.

The Nakuru County Police Commander, Hassan Barua, indicated that the Sunday morning incident that occurred at around 3am involved a 14 seater van owned by Great Rift Shuttle Company and a Mercedes-Benz Actros trailer truck.

All the eleven passengers and the driver of the ill-fated van perished in the carnage, while the driver and conductor of the trailer truck were rushed to Nakuru Level 5 Hospital for treatment.

Barua said the accident happened after the matatu driver lost control after hitting a cow, before ramming into the oncoming truck.

The Police commander said the van was headed to Eldoret when it hit a cow at the Nakuru Teachers College, along the Salgaa stretch, before losing control and colliding with the trailer truck that was being driven towards Nakuru. All the passengers in the van perished on spot, he said.

The animal’s carcass said to have been hit by the van before the accident lay about 20meters from the scene of the wreckage.

The Rongai Officer Commanding Police Division, Japheth Kioko, who also visited the scene appealed to motorists to be vigilant while driving along the stretch.

At the accident scene, personal effects of passengers were strewn all over as parts of the mangled wreckage, including seats were scattered besides the road. Traffic police officers had a hectic time directing motorists as they worked to clear the wreckage from the scene.

Witnesses and well-wishers who arrived at the scene immediately the accident occured said they could not help since there were no hospitals around, saying that the nearest hospital was in Nakuru town.

The bodies were removed to Nakuru County Hospital Mortuary.

Source: Kenya News Agency