Tragedy struck as a matatu, transporting passengers from Eldoret to Nairobi, met with a horrific accident in the Sachangwan area along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway. The unfortunate incident claimed the lives of six individuals, while leaving eight others in critical condition. According to the authorities and eyewitnesses, the victims consisted of four men and one woman.
The morning of May 15, 2023, marked the occurrence of this devastating accident. Mwenda Muthamia, the police commander in Molo, revealed that among those affected, eight sustained severe injuries. The matatu involved in the incident was a 14-seater, owned by the Eldoret Shuttle Sacco. Tragically, it lost control and veered off the highway, eventually landing in a ditch. Five lives were lost instantaneously, while another individual passed away during their hospitalization.
As the survivors receive medical treatment at Molo Hospital, the bodies of the deceased have been transferred to the hospital mortuary. Additionally, the authorities have taken custody of the vehicle involved in the accident, which now resides at the Molo police station. Muthamia emphasized that a thorough investigation into the matter is currently underway.
It is disheartening to note that this area has been recognized as a black spot due to its history of accidents. Authorities have been working diligently to address the recurring problem, implementing various measures aimed at curbing this menace. However, this incident adds to the growing number of lives lost in recent months as a result of accidents across the country.
The news of such a tragic event serves as a reminder of the importance of road safety and the need for constant vigilance on our highways. It is crucial for both authorities and motorists to remain proactive in implementing safety measures and adhering to traffic regulations. By fostering a culture of responsible driving, we can work towards preventing future accidents and ensuring the well-being of all road users.