The driver of the ill-fated bus that killed 15 people and left scores injured on the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway this past Tuesday has been arrested.
Detectives privy to the matter informed the press that through a joint investigation with the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) officials, law enforcement officers were able to trace the suspect through his mobile records to Mau Summit Town, some metres away from the accident scene.
He was arrested and detained at the Mau Summit Police Station. After being processed, the suspect will be arraigned in Molo Court on Thursday.
“An investigation has commenced to establish the full circumstances leading to this crash to inform prosecution and recommendations,” an officer told the press.
The Classics Kings of Congo bus collided with a North Ways Shuttle Sacco at the Twin Bridge area along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway
Police officers will be seeking to determine the cause of the gruesome accident and establish whether the driver was at fault.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the 34-year-old driver attempted to overtake another vehicle and ended up colliding with an oncoming matatu.
The bus was heading to Kenya from Congo and had traversed through Kampala in Uganda.
Police officers launched a manhunt for the driver after he had fled the scene moments after the accident which left 15 dead and seven people nursing serious injuries.
The majority of the fatalities, which involved eight adults and seven children, were from the matatu as most of the occupants of the bus emerged with minor bruises.
An initial statement by NTSA revealed that the accident was caused by indiscipline and dangerous overtaking by the driver, which put the passengers’ lives at risk.
The Authority warned drivers to take extra caution, especially along the route that has recorded three major accidents in two weeks.
Last week, five people were killed after a bus collided with three vehicles along the highway. Further, eight people died on New Year’s Eve following a grisly accident that involved Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).
NTSA assured Kenyans that it would intensify its crackdown on motorists who flout traffic rules and hence pose a danger to other road users.
A joint National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) – National Police Service (NPS) road safety enforcement exercise kicked off across the Country on December 1, 2023.