Monday, August 24, 2009

16 dead in bus-trailer accident

Curious wananchi view the wreckage of Best Star bus at the Gilgil Police station where it was towed to after the Sunday night crash.

Curious wananchi view the wreckage of Best Star bus at the Gilgil Police station where it was towed to after the Sunday night crash. The bus which was heading to Busia from Nairobi hit a trailer killing 16 people on the spot and leaving 28 injured. The accident occurred at Kikopey area in Gilgil on Nakuru-Nairobi highway. Photo/JOSEPH KIHERI  

By EDDY NGETA

Death came calling on the Kenyan roads once more when a bus heading from Nairobi for Western Kenya crashed in Gilgil on Sunday night killing 16 people on the spot and scores others injured and admitted to hospital.

In a separate accident earlier, four other family members died on the spot after their car was hit by a trailer at Ntulele, near Narok.

In the Nakuru accident which occurred at 11.45 pm, the bus named Best Star which was heading for Busia from Nairobi crashed after hitting two other vehicles at Kikopey centre along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway.

The injured were taken to a number of local hospitals including the nearby St Mary’s Mission Hospital and the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital.

Rift Valley Provincial Traffic Commandant Mr Vitalis Otieno told the Nation in Gilgil that among the dead were the driver of the bus and his conductor – who were killed on impact.

The rest of the dead were 12 men, a child and three women, Mr Otieno said.
In the Narok accident, the family were said to be travelling from Kisii to Nairobi when they were hit by trailer whose driver had lost control following a tyre burst.

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