Five people have been confirmed dead after a road accident involving multiple vehicles in the Mlango Tatu area, Timboroa along the Nakuru-Eldoret Road.
According to a statement from the National Police Service, the accident occurred at around 1.40 am on Thursday, January 4.
Preliminary investigations, the statement adds, found that the accident involved a passenger bus and three other vehicles including a probox.
As per the police statement, three people were killed on the spot while several passengers were rushed to the Eldama Ravine Sub- County Hospital for treatment.
Two more unknown passengers, however, succumbed to the injuries sustained in the accident while receiving treatment.
The bodies were preserved in the Eldama Ravine Hospital morgue pending an autopsy and recognition.
“Preliminary investigations indicate that the accident involved a Mistubish bus and 3 other vehicles including a Toyota Probox,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, police officers on the ground embarked on efforts to clear the congestion in the area.
“Several passengers have been rushed to Eldama Ravine Sub-county Hospital for treatment but two more unknown passengers have succumbed.”
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The Thursday morning accident added to the series of accidents reported on Kenyan roads since the onset of the festive season.
Two weeks earlier, a bus with a passenger capacity of 60 collided with a 14-seater matatu killing four people on the spot in the Timboroa area.
Alarming number of accident fatalities
On December 26, 2023, four people died on the spot while another one sustained injury in an accident involving a lorry ferrying sand.
The number of road-related fatalities in the recent past has been alarming despite the government’s position stating that the number of fatalities from road accidents had decreased.
In an earlier statement, Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen said that the number of lives lost due to accidents had decreased by 8.11% compared to the previous year.
“Over the last year, our collective effort has reduced road traffic fatalities. From January 1 to December 7, 2023, we witnessed a commendable 8.11 per cent decrease in lives lost due to road traffic injuries compared with the same period last year,” Murkomen said.