NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 1 – Eleven people were killed and two others slightly injured after a tragic accident involving a matatu, trailer and a bus at Salgaa on the Nakuru – Eldoret highway on Tuesday.
The accident occurred after a 14-seater matatu hit a trailer bound for Nakuru from behind causing it to ram into a bus.
“When the driver saw that he was too near the trailer truck he tried to avoid it but he hit its rear after which the vehicle bounced in the middle of the road in front of an oncoming bus which hit it,” a witness to the accident gave his account.
“Public Service Vehicle drivers should go back to school again and be educated on road safety rules and how to drive on new roads that are coming up,” another one said.
The 11 people who died were passengers in the matatu while the two who sustained minor injuries were the driver and a passenger on the bus that was headed to Kitale.
Ten people died on the spot and one other person died while receiving treatment at the Nakuru Provincial General Hospital.
In Mombasa, it was a sour start to 2013 after two people were killed in two separate road accidents confirmed by police.
One person was killed on the spot after being run over by a speeding motorist as he tried to cross the busy Nyali Bridge.
The second died near the General Post Office after his car was involved in a head on collision with a matatu.
The accidents occurred in the wake of new traffic laws that have been credited with the decline in road carnage in comparison with previous festive seasons.