Four family members die in accident

A traffic policeman and members of the public stand near the mangled wreckage of a vehicle which collided head-on with a Mombasa bound bus at Kerita on the Eldoret-Nakuru highway on January 1, 2010. PHOTO /JARED NYATAYA

Marriage negotiations turned tragic when four members of a family died following a road accident along Nakuru-Eldoret highway on Thursday late night.

The four died after a vehicle they were travelling in rammed into a bus near Kerita trading centre on the eve of the New Year.

They were travelling from Mombasa to Kitale to pay dowry when the accident occurred around 3 pm.

“The four died on the spot after their vehicle was involved in a head on collision with the bus,” said Charles Wasike, Rift Valley Provincial traffic enforcement officer.

He said the deceased were in a convoy of three vehicles that were headed for the marriage ceremony.

Mr Wasike said nobody was injured in the bus that was headed for Mombasa.

Bodies of the deceased were moved to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) mortuary.

Mr Wasike described the scene of the accident as a black spot and cautioned motorists against speeding and observe traffic regulations to minimize road carnage.

“The is need for motorists to exercise caution along the highway to help reduce accidents due to poor visibility of the road caused by foggy conditions following the ongoing rain pounding various parts of the country,” appealed Mr Wasike.

The incident follows a similar incident on Wednesday when three people died in an accident involving a bus. One of the passengers died on the spot while two others died while they were being rushed to Eldoret-based Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital for treatment.

According to an eye witness Steven Ekai, the bus veered off the road before rolling killing one of the passengers on the spot in Sengwer area.

He attributed the accident to heavy rains that has been pounding the area which has resulted in section of the road to be slippery.

Eldoret traffic commandant Stephen called on drivers to be cautious while driving through the area to help reduce road accidents this year.


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