, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13 – The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) says its quick intervention before the accident along the Salgaa-Sachangwan stretch saved a lot of lives.
The Authority’s Director General Francis Meja indicated that they had been conducting patrols in the area and after flagging down a bus that had been overtaking carelessly, a trailer passed at a very high speed hitting the bumps ahead tilting it’s container.
He pointed out that its officers suspected the brakes to have failed and a team was dispatched with strobe lights and sirens on to warn motorists and pedestrians to clear the way.
“They were alerted by the noise of some hawkers who normally sell around that market of Sachangwan. They were told that there is a vehicle that has lost control and is going downhill. It is then that the officers followed the vehicle and when they realised that it had lost control, they switched on the sirens and the strobe lights,” he said. “One officer had his hand out of the window to warn motorists who heeded his call and moved out of the way.”
At least 32 people died following the accident that involved 13 vehicles and President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the police and other law enforcement agencies to step up their efforts to ensure motorists obey traffic safety rules and regulations during this Christmas and New Year season.
Speaking during the 54th Jamhuri Day Celebrations, the President regretted the carnage that has so far been reported on roads and highways.
He called on motorists to exercise caution and observe road safety especially during this festive season.
The previous night, 19 people were killed in another accident at Kamukuywa Bridge in Bungoma when a Public Service Vehicle traveling from Kisumu to Kitale rammed into a tractor.