The accident occurred when the trailer ferrying maize from Eldoret to Nairobi lost control and rammed the vehicles, killing five people on the spot while others died in hospital, according to police and witnesses.
“Among those killed is the truck driver, the rest were in the matatu,” Rongai police boss Joseph Mwamburi told journalists at the scene. “It appears the truck brakes failed and the driver could not control the vehicle.”
The Kenya Red Cross said sixteen others wounded were admitted to the Nakuru Provincial Hospital and Molo District Hospital, but it did not give further details.
Mwamburi said the matatu was ferrying passengers from Molo to Salgaa trading centre when the accident occurred at the blackspot, which has claimed hundreds of lives.
“We are urging motorists to always be careful when driving around this place, this is a known black spot,” Mwamburi warned.