Four die in a tragic accident on Nakuru-Eldoret highway.

Four die in a tragic accident on Nakuru-Eldoret highway.

BY CORRESPONDENT,NAKURU,31ST AUG 2018-Four people have been confirmed dead following a tragic accident along  Nakuru-Eldoret highway.The Friday morning crash involved  a 14-seater matatu and  a lorry   at Sobea area.

The cause of the accident has not been established but  it is believed that  the driver of the Matatu could have been trying to overtake other vehicles

Confirming the incident Rongai Officer Commanding Police Division Japhet Kioko  saying rescue of survivors was still on going.

The Friday collision came hours after one person died and eight others were injured in a crash that involved four vehicles at Sachangwan area near Salgaa .

The on Thursday evening accident involved a 14-seater matatu, two trailers and a private saloon car.

According to witnesses, the North Rift Shuttle, which was heading to Nakuru from Eldoret, lost control and rammed the saloon car before hitting the trailers.

One trailer was heading to Eldoret from Nakuru at the time of the crash while the other was heading in the opposite direction.

The saloon car was also heading to Nakuru.

“The 14-seater matatu that was speeding lost control before hitting the other vehicles. It hit the saloon car from behind before it rammed the trailer,” said a witness, Mr Solomon Cheruiyot.

Police inspect the wreck of the shuttle at the scene on August 31, 2017. It was towed to Salgaa Police Station. PHOTO COURTESY /DAILY NATION

Molo Traffic Base Commander Moses Nderitu, who confirmed the accident, said the man who died was a passenger in the shuttle.

“The passenger died on the spot whereas eight other people sustained injuries and were rushed to Nakuru Level Five and Molo Sub-County hospitals for treatment,” said Mr Nderitu.

He said preliminary investigations indicated that the two vehicles—  the shuttle and the saloon car— were speeding when the crash happened.

“The saloon car, which was extensively damaged, and the other two have been towed to Molo Police Station,” said Mr Nderitu.The body of the deceased was taken to Molo Sub-County mortuary. The crash caused a heavy traffic snarl-up along the busy highway

The police boss urged motorists and other road users to be careful and to adhere to traffic rules to avoid loss of lives.

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