6 People Die In A Road Accident Along Eldoret-Kitale Road
A road accident at the new Eldoret bypass in the Kaptingo area claimed the lives of 6 people on Wednesday night, November 23.
The accident involved a tractor, a 14-seater matatu, and an Isuzu Mux owned by the Kenya Roads Authority.
Reports indicate that the matatu was travelling from Nairobi to Kitale when the accident happened.
A witness to the collision, claimed the tractor's driver misjudged the speed of the Isuzu car and attempted to merge into the highway, which resulted in the collision.
The tractor driver had tried to enter the roadway as the matatu was moving quickly.
Ayub Gitonga, the police chief in Uasin Gishu, said that the drivers of the matatu and the Isuzu were among those who perished instantly.
The injured passengers were taken to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) to receive medical attention.
The vehicles’ wreckage were hauled to Yamumbi police Station in the neighborhood.
The incident highlights the hidden risk on Kenyan roadways, particularly at this time of year when the holidays are quickly coming.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority's (NTSA) most recent statistics, by October 2022, the deaths of 1413 pedestrians and 1,046 motorists were recorded.
The deaths of 363 pillion passengers, 356 drivers and 53 pedal cyclists were also reported.
Over 4,000 lives were lost on the roads as a result of the accidents.
NTSA board chair Agnes Odhiambo, says that Kenyans should follow traffic laws to prevent similar incidents.