NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
At least 23 people have been confirmed dead and several others
injured in two separate road accidents in Kenya over the
Thirteen people died in an accident on
Sunday evening along the Thika-Garissa road in central Kenya.
The other accident, along Nakuru-Eldoret highway in northwest
Kenya, killed 10 people on Saturday night.
Central Regional Police Commander
Gideon Amalla told Xinhua on Monday that the 8.30 p.m. Thika
accident involved a 14-seat minibus (matatu) and a truck.
“The matatu of Kinatwa Sacco was from
Nairobi direction heading to Kitui (eastern Kenya). Upon
reaching Kilimambogo area while trying to avoid a head-on
collision with unknown motorcycle rammed head on with an
oncoming lorry which was from opposite direction,” Kibunja
“As a result the matatu driver and 10
passengers died on the spot,” he said, noting that three
others died while undergoing treatment in hospital.
The police commander said the number
of fatalities could rise as some of the injured were in critical
The accident caused a major traffic
snarl-up as police and rescue teams cleared the scene.
The accident on Saturday also involved
a 14-seat matatu; 10 people died and three others were injured
after the minibus collided with two trucks along the Nakuru-Eldoret
highway in Makutano area.
Rift Valley Traffic Enforcement
Officer Zero Arome said the accident involved a Nissan matatu
heading to Eldoret and two trucks heading to Mombasa from the
“The Nissan matatu heading to Eldoret
lost control after a tire burst before it collided with an
oncoming truck. It swerved and hit a second truck,” Arome
According to the National Transport
and Safety Authority (NTSA) about 150 people had died in road
accidents between Dec. 1 and 13.
According to preliminary
investigations, the causes of these crashes included speeding
and driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
More than 30 people died on Dec. 12
after a crash involving 15 vehicles in Sachang’wan along the
busy Nakuru-Edlroet highway.
The night before, a family of 19 died
in another crash in Bungoma in western Kenya.
On Dec. 9, seven musicians from the
popular Kenene international band, a well-known Kalenjin music
group, died in an accident along Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
On the same day, 23 people died while
several others were injured in another accident along the
Marigat-Loruk road in Tiaty, Baringo County.
The NTSA said in collaboration with
traffic police they have mapped at least 15 “black spots” along
major highways nationwide where motorists are warned to be
careful during the festive season.
The authorities said they have beefed
up patrol teams to curb rogue motorists.
Road accidents are common during
festive season as thousands of people travel up country for
An estimated 3,000 Kenyans die in road
accidents annually, according to the NTSA.