, NAKURU, Dec, 17 – Seven passengers died Saturday night when an Eldoret-bound Public Service Vehicle with 14 passengers lost control colliding with two trucks heading to Nakuru.
The 9 pm accident happened at Kamara area in Koibatek division, Baringo county.
According to the Timboroa police base, five passengers in the Matatu died on the spot with two succumbing to injuries at the Eldama Ravine hospital.
The seven brings the death toll to nearly 160 lives lost through accidents in December with the Salgaa – Mau Summit stretch claiming the most lives.
In an earlier joint statement by the National Police, Kenya National Highways Authority, and the National Transport and Safety Authority, road users were cautioned to be careful and avoid overspeeding.
Preliminary investigations on some of the recent fatal accidents show that overspeeding, lane indiscipline, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol and other substances are some of the causes of the road accidents.
NTSA however says they are working the Kenya National Highways Authority to reverse the worrying trend, by installing additional humps, rumble strips including road marking and signage.