Over 15 feared dead in Sachangwan crash horror

Tuesday December 12 2017

 Sachangwan accident

Wreckage of Modern Coast bus that was involved in the crash a the Sachangwan blackspot. The bus was headed to Kampala from Nairobi. PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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At least 16 people have died in horrific multiple crashes at the notorious Sachangwan blackspot on the busy Nakuru-Eldoret highway.

Dozens of others were injured in the Tuesday midmorning collision that left a horror scene and caused a major traffic snarl-up on the busy highway.

13 VEHICLES

The series of collisions involved more than 13 vehicles— including a Modern Coast bus that was headed to Kampala from Nairobi.

Others were two trucks, a Land cruiser, two private cars, lorries, shuttles, and three matatus.

The number of causalities is likely to go up.

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Wreckages of matatus that were involved in the crash a the Sachangwan blackspot. PHOTO | MAGDALENE WANJA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Police at the scene said they had counted 15 bodies as dozens of survivors were taken to MediHeal and Nakuru Level Five Hospital in Nakuru town.

At least 28 people, including children as young as two years are admitted at the Nakuru Hospital.

A 10-year-old boy died on arrival at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital.

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Wreckage of a matatu that was involved in the crash a the Sachangwan blackspot is towed away. PHOTO | MAGDALENE WANJA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Witnesses said the truck was being chased by National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) officials before it lost control and rammed the other vehicles.

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A pick up that was involved in the crash a the Sachangwan blackspot. PHOTO | CAROLINE WAFULA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The scene of the accident is a few kilometers from Kamara area where seven artistes died on Saturday.

They met their deaths when their car collided head-on with a truck.

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Wreckages of matatus that were involved in the crash a the Sachangwan blackspot on December 12, 2017. What happened Mama Lucy Kibaki's proposal for a dual carriage at Salgaa and Sachangwan? PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Scores of people have died and many others have sustained injuries in accidents along the nearly 20-kilometre stretch between Sobea and Kamara.

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Nurses attend to survivors of the Sachangwan crash at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The notorious section stretches from Sobea-Salgaa- Migaa-Sachangwan-Total Junction near Mau Summit shopping centre to Kamara.

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The Great Rift shuttle that was involved in the crash a the Sachangwan blackspot on December 12, 2017. More than 39 people died in a series of collisions. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

It also includes Jolly Farm and Mkinyai areas.

Police boss Hassan Barua said bodies of 13 people who died on the spot were taken to Nakuru County Mortuary.


Reporting by Caroline Wafula, Joseph Openda, Magdalene Wanja, Reitz Mureithi, Peter Mburu and Linet Amuli.