7 killed, scores injured in road crash

February 9, 2011 12:00 am

, NAKURU, Kenya, Feb 9 – Seven people were killed and 14 others seriously injured when a bus collided with a truck on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway at dawn on Wednesday.

Police said the bus was travelling to Western Kenya while the truck was headed to Nakuru when the accident occurred at Salgaa.

"The two vehicles collided head-on; it appears one of them was trying to overtake," a police officer at the Rift Valley Provincial Police headquarters in Nakuru told Capital News.

He said those injured in the 3am accident were admitted to the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital in Nakuru.

"Those admitted in hospital are in a stable condition, some of them should be discharged in the course of the day," he added.

Area Provincial Police chief Francis Munyambu who is attending a senior officers\’ course at the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) in Nairobi said he had been informed of the accident but referred us to his officers in Nakuru.

Statistics available at the national traffic headquarters in Nairobi indicate that Salgaa, at a stretch on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway is among areas which record the highest number of accidents in the country.

Eighty percent of road accidents in the country are blamed on careless driving and poor maintenance of vehicles, according to police.


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