(Xinhua) -- Five people were killed and eight others
injured in a road accident along the busy Nairobi-Nakuru highway
on Monday night.
Area divisional police commander Sarah
Koki said Tuesday that a truck, which was headed to Eldoret from
Nairobi, lost control and rear-ended a minibus (matatu), killing
two passengers on the spot. Three others died while receiving
treatment at the local hospital.
Koki said eight passengers sustained
serious injuries in the crash that happened at 10:30 p.m., with
five said to be in critical condition.
The accident had paralyzed transport
along the busy highway leading to a major jam before police
moved in to tow away the wrecks.
A witness Samuel Wambugu said the
accident occurred after a trailer heading downhill lost control
and rammed into a fleet of vehicles heading towards Nairobi.
Wambugu said the trailer was in high
speed when it hit six other vehicles including two other
“The Nissan matatu was the first to be
hit and two of the passengers died on the spot while
passengers in other personal cars were seriously injured,”
Gilgil Sub-county Commissioner
Ndambuki Mutheki however said that the injured were in stable
condition and undergoing treatment.
Mutheki said that traffic police were
investigating the incident adding that majority of those injured
The official called on drivers to
exercise caution on the roads, adding that careless driving,
overtaking and speeding were the leading causes of accidents on