11 killed in bus and lorry collision

Thursday December 3 2009

By NATION Correspondent

Eleven  people died when a Kampala-bound bus collided with a lorry on the Nakuru–Eldoret highway.
The accident occurred at midnight on Wednesday. The bus collided with a lorry ferrying maize from Eldoret to Nakuru.

Rift Valley traffic police boss Charles Wasike on Thursday said the accident occurred at Mlango Tatu trading centre, a few kilometres from Gatarakwa police post.

Nine passengers were taken to Eldama Ravine district hospital by Good Samaritans. They were admitted in critical condition.

The dead were taken to Nakuru Municipal Mortuary as the only facility  in Koibatek District is  owned by a mission Hospital and  is only capable of accommodating two bodies.

Among the dead were the drivers of the two vehicles, which were extensively damaged.

The bus was not full to capacity at the time of the accident.

“It would have been a different story if the bus was full  to capacity,” said Mr Wasike. He said police had not established the cause of the accident, but speeding was a likely culprit.

“We urge drivers and indeed all motorists to be careful while driving to avoid such accidents, which are claiming many lives,” Mr Wasike said.

A week ago, two women died in another accident in the area when a matatu rammed another from behind.