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14 passengers cheat death in Nakuru-Eldoret highway crash

Sunday April 28 2019
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A road sign on the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway near Sachang'wan black spot. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By ERIC MATARA

Seat belts likely helped save the lives of 14 passengers who were on Sunday evening involved in a accident on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.

All the passengers and the driver of the 14-seater matatu that was heading to Bungoma from Nairobi escaped unhurt.

In the crash that occurred at Ngata area, the Matatu hit a car and veered off the road from the impact. It rolled and landed in a ditch.

Good Samaritans helped pull out the passengers from matatu wreck. The driver of the car they hit also escaped unhurt.

The accident occurred amid heavy rains pounded the area.

“I urge motorists to take extreme caution on the roads as parts of the country experience downpours.Road safety is the responsibility of all Kenyans and therefore we should be vigilant and ensure we fasten seat belts always,”said Mr Charles Njogu, the assistant corporate communications director at Kenya National Highways Authorit.

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An eyewitness, Mr Julius Kimani, said that the car was diverting to a feeder road when the accident occurred.

The crash occurred on the 30km stretch of the Nakuru-Eldoret highway that has in the past claimed scores of lives and many others maimed.

The notorious section stretches from Sobea, Salgaa, Migaa, Sachangwan and Mau Summit.

It also includes Jolly Farm and Mukinyai areas.

The government is constructing a dual carriageway along the stretch.

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