The Star (Nairobi)

24 April 2014

Kenya: Truck Driver Killed in Narok Accident

TWO people died on on Tuesday morning after the vehicle they were travelling in was involved in an accident in Narok county. The 3am accident occurred at Pinyiny in Ntulele on the Narok-Mai Mahiu highway about 30km from Narok town.

"The truck driver lost control and hit a rail on the road. The truck rolled and caught fire. We suspect that its brakes might have failed before the accident," said Narok police commander Samuel Mukindia. The fire made it difficult for police to rescue the driver and his turnboy.

Mukindia said the truck was disengaged from the driver's cabin before it crashed on the tarmac. The truck was transporting beer from Nairobi to Kisumu. The bodies were taken to Narok District Hospital mortuary.

Mukindia urged road users to follow traffic rules as many lives have been lost through road carnage. Narok Roads executive Nelson Keshei said the accident was unfortunate and called on road users to respect traffic rules. "As a country, we need to develop a national culture of condemning speeding drivers," he said.

Last year, 42 people were killed and another 33 injured when a bus belonging to the City-to-City Bus Company with involved in an accident at the same spot. Two weeks later, nine people died when a Nissan matatu belonging to Bomet Liners lost control after a tyre bust and hit an oncoming Transline bus.

The Nissan was heading to Bomet from Nairobi while the Transline bus was going to Nairobi from Kisii. Church leaders have held prayers on accident prone areas in Narok county.

They held a procession on the Narok-Mai Mahiu highway, Narok-Maasai Mara road and Narok-Nakuru road. The preachers also visited black spots including Pinyiny area.

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