12 passengers die in road crash at Salgaa

Twelve people died Sunday morning following a road accident at Salgaa, on the busy Nakuru-Eldoret highway.

Rongai OCPD Japheth Kioko said the ill fated Nakuru-bound shuttle they were travelling in hit a cow then crashed into a trailer going in the opposite direction.

All the 11 passengers and the driver of the shuttle died on the spot.  

Kioko said the driver of the trailer and a passenger suffered serious injuries and were taken to Nakuru Level Five Hospital where they are undergoing treatment.

Meanwhile, nine passengers are nursing gunshot wounds at the Isiolo Level Four hospital after armed bandits sprayed bullets indiscriminately on the bus they had boarded at Losesia along the Isiolo-Merti Road on Saturday evening.

According to the medical officer handling the casualties Dr Mohamed Abdikadir Guyo, the casualties received at the hospital are five men, three women and a child aged 12.

He said that among the victims, only one needed urgent surgery as he had a bullet lodged in his neck but was lucky it did not damage his spine.

Isiolo County governor Mohamed Kuti who also visited the injured asked the people of Isiolo to desist from organizing revenge attacks on their neighbours and await action from the security organs.

Dr Kuti said he will engage his counterpart in Samburu County and the two County commissioners to come up with a solution to the banditry problem.

Meanwhile, Kenyans joined the rest of the world in marking world Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims to commemorate those who lost their lives due to road accidents.

Speaking  in Karai area, Naivasha Sunday, Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui said his administration will work hand in hand with the Ministry of Transport to ensure that road safety initiatives are fully supported.

In Taita Taveta county National transport and Safety Authority in collaboration with traffic police, Red Cross and Matatu owners in Voi marked the World Day of remembrance of road traffic victims with a procession from Caltex Voi to Voi bus stage where they gathered for talks on matters road safety.

NTSA officers took that opportunity to demonstrate to the drivers and the public how alcohol blow gadget operates.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November annually. It is also a Day in which people thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster and on ways to halt it.

Two years ago governments around the world set an ambitious target to drastically reduce road traffic deaths and injuries to 50 percent by 2020.


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