At least 12 killed in road accident in west Kenya

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-19 17:12:58|Editor: ZD
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NAKURU, Kenya, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 people were killed and two others seriously injured in a road accident along a busy highway in northwest Kenya early Sunday, the police said.

Nakuru County Police Commander Hassan Barua said the incident involved 11-seater commuter shuttle and a truck which collided head-on along Nakuru-Eldoret road at around 3 a.m. local time.

"Twelve people were killed in a grisly accident at Salgaa and two others are in critical condition. All the 11 passengers in the Great Rift Shuttle and the driver died on the spot," Barua said by telephone.

The police commander said the driver of the truck and a passenger suffered serious injuries and are recuperating in the hospital. Salgaa area is a black spot where several commuters have lost their lives.

Road accidents still continue to occur despite stringent traffic rules which were introduced by the government to help curb road carnage.

An estimated number of 3,000 Kenyans die on road accidents annually despite concerted efforts by the state and the private sector to promote safety on the highways, according to the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA).