Two separate road accidents occurred yester-night in Maai Mahiu and Salgaa claiming 16 lives. Seven of the people who perished were from the same family.
The Salga accident which occurred at around 2:30 am and involved a personal vehicle that was heading to Kitale, a Greenline matatu and a truck-trailer from Eldoret.
As reported by Nation, Rongai police boss (OCPD) Joseph Mwamburi said that the personal vehicle was trying to overtake the bus when the accident occurred.
The personal vehicle was ferrying members of the same family. It attempted to overtake the bus when it collided head-on with an oncoming trailer,” he said.
Those who died were a father, his son and daughter, his daughter in law (sons’ wife), and three grandchildren. They were all coming from a relative’s burial in Nyeri.
The bodies were taken to Nakuru County mortuary as the extensively damaged vehicle, the truck and the bus were towed to Salgaa police base.
In Mai Mahiu, nine passengers died after a Nairobi-bound Transline matatu burst into flames after colliding head-on with a lorry transporting sand.
A majority of those who died had been trapped inside the vehicle, making rescue efforts difficult.
Five passengers who survived were taken to Kijabe Mission Hospital. The driver, who was also rescued, has since gone missing.