By KBC reporters
Four female passengers perished in a grisly road accident Wednesday night when the car they were travelling in was hit by a truck ferrying fertilizer.
The accident occurred along the Kenol-Makuyu highway near Murang’a Teachers College.
Confirming the incident Makuyu OCPD Samuel Koskei, said the deceased who were in the ill-fated seven seater vehicle were heading for a burial in Meru. He said the truck was ferrying fertilizer to Nanyuki.
Koskei said the driver of the private car was trying to overtake leading to the fatal accident.
Two passengers including the driver of the seven seater van survived and are receiving treatment at the Thika level 5 hospital.
The OCPD cautioned drivers plying the route to be extra careful adding that the area where the accident occurred is a blackspot.
The wreckage of the seven seater van was towed to Makuyu Police station.
Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers who were travelling from Garissa to Nairobi were stranded for the better part of Wednesday when the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) conducted an impromptu crackdown along Garissa Nairobi highway.
Several trucks and buses without the required stickers and other documents were impounded while some PSV drivers who had tampered with their speed governors were also arrested.
Some of those arrested were bread suppliers who complained the crackdown made them incur losses after a number of bread they intended to supply in the morning went to waste.
According to the NTSA Regional Head Mohammed Omar the exercise is meant to weed out rogue drivers who do not adhere to the authority’s safety regulations.
Omar added that the exercise would be extended to other towns in the northern region to ensure all motorists comply with traffic regulations.
An average of two accidents are reported along the Garissa Nairobi highway weekly mainly attributed to speeding and reckless driving.