NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 16 – Sixteen people were killed in two separate accidents on Friday night in Nakuru and Narok.
One of the accidents occurred when a passenger vehicle from Kisii went up in flames killing nine people after colliding with a lorry near Mai Mahiu, while headed to Nairobi, police said. The lorry was carrying sand.
The other accident occurred near the Salgaa black spot on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway where seven people died when their vehicle collided with a lorry, according to police.
The seven—including three children—were headed to Kitale from Nyeri where they had gone to attend a funeral when the accident occurred. All were from the same family.
Police in Nakuru said occupants of the lorry sustained injuries during the 2 am accident. The accident occurred when the saloon car attempted to overtake the lorry.
Peter Wanjau, a relative to the deceased people said the group had travelled to Nyeri to attend a burial of their kin and were returning to Kitale when the accident occurred.
He said he recognized the number plate on the vehicle wreckage while driving to Nairobi and decided to take a closer look, only to realize he knew all the victims.
“It was so tragic,” he said, “I was headed to Nairobi when I decided to stop at the accident scene on recognizing the vehicle.”
Bodies of the deceased were taken to the Nakuru County Hospital Mortuary while the wreckage of the vehicles were towed to Salgaa Police station.