Eight people were killed in an early morning accident along the Eldoret-Nakuru Highway.
Reports indicate that a speeding trailer rammed into a 14-seater matatu that had been stopped by traffic police at the Eveready Roundabout in Nakuru.
The conductor managed to flee unhurt after noticing the incoming trailer which had allegedly lost brakes.
The Kaptembwa police who were allegedly receiving a bribe, were forced to run after angry Kenyans confronted them, blaming them for the accident.
A photo of the wreckage of a matatu following a grisly accident along the Eldoret-Nakuru highway on December 31, 2023.
Photo Noah Kering
“Corruption and greed for Ksh50 by our traffic police officers taking bribes from Matatus has led to the deaths of many innocent souls,” a witness stated.
While initial reports indicated that 8 people had died and survivors were rushed to Nakuru Teaching and Referral Hospital, the Kenya National Police Service in a later statement noted that it is five people who had already been confirmed dead following the accident.
Police officers rushed to the accident scene to assess and control the situation.
Traffic officers managed to control a traffic snarl up at the roundabout which had been occasioned by the accident.
Investigations have been launched to probe further to affirm the actual causes of the fatal accident.
This accident comes after seven people on December 29, 2023, died in a head-on collision involving a 14-seater Matatu, a motorbike and a personal car along the Nyeri-Nyahururu highway.
Nyeri County Police Commander Benjamin Rotich confirming the incident advised motorists to drive carefully during this festive season.
“We are appealing to motorists to drive carefully, especially during this festive season, to avoid such kinds of accidents,” Rotich stated.
A 14-seater matatu overturns at Kwambisu along Kikima-Kali Road in Makueni County killing ten people on December 16, 2023