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BY CORRESPONDENT,KERICHO,26TH DEC 2017-Three people among them traffic police officer, died on Monday evening December 25,in a road accident at the Kericho Junction to Kisumu .Scores of others were also injured in the crash involving a Githurai matatu Sacco.The injured are currently admitted at the Kericho District Hospital.
Sources told WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE that before the accident passengers of the ill fated bus could be seen jumping out of the moving bus after they realised that t it had developed a mechanical problem.
According to Kericho County Commander James Mugera the brakes of the bus failed before the driver lost control.
“The bus’ brakes failed as it went down the slope from town. As it approached Kisumu road, where traffic police conduct checks, a lorry was negotiating the spikes,” said Mr Mugera.
“The bus then hit the lorry before landing in a swampy ditch.”
Mugera said the hit and killed a Traffic police officer on the spot at the roadblock.
By the end of Monday, the commander said they had accounted for only 31 passengers who were receiving treatment at the hospital.
The others, he said, jumped out of the moving bus and their whereabouts were not immediately established.
Questions that begs for answers however are related to how the bus belonging to Githurai Travellers Sacco was allowed to ply the 400-kilometre route from Nairobi to Kisumu.
Close to 200 people have died in road crashes across the country this month alone, according to The national transport and safety Authority NTSA and traffic department statistics.
The 52-seater bus that plies the Thika Road route, from Githurai 45 to Nairobi Central Business District, was ferrying passengers to Kisumu for Christmas and New Year festivities.