The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: 15 Perish in Matatu Crash At Nandi Hills

FiFteeN people died in a road accident at Chebarus area of Nandi Hills town yesterday. Six sustained serious in- juries when the matatu plunged down a cliff at around 8am. Five of them were members of one family. They boarded the matatu at Langas estate in Eldoret town.They were travelling to their rural home at oyugis in Rachwonyo subcounty.

The vehicle belonging to Citizen Road Service plunged down the cliff, killing the driver and the conductor as well. The matatu was headed to Kisii. Nandi east police boss Patrick Macharia said the matatu was speeding and overloaded. It lost control at a corner near Chepsangor village.

Fourteen passengers died instantly while one succumbed to injuries at Nandi Hills district Hospital. Residents and volunteers from Kenya Red Cross assisted the police to retrieve the bodies. The bodies of 12 men and three women were taken to Nandi Hills district Hospital.

A family was among those who survived. Fred odhiambo, 27, his wife Maurine Akinyi 21, Stacy Akoth, 10, Jennifer Atieno, four and Faith Adhiambo, six sustained injuries. Akinyi said they boarded the vehicle at 6.30am in Kisumu Ndogo in Langas.

"I was holding one child while my husband had an- other and were seated in the front seat. i don't re- member anything. i found myself seated on a rock in the middle of the hill hold- ing my daughter," she said.

Macharia expressed shock at the accident. He said the driver may have failed to slow down at the sharp corner. Macharia was with Nandi deputy Governor Dominic Biwott. He said the corner is a sharp corner. "Drivers must exercise caution while driving," Biwott said.

Biwott said a month ago, He said the road lacks signs and side barriers. "We appeal to the Kenya National Highways Highways Authority to put up road signs," Biwott said.

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