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Kenyan roads where death is a slip away

Seth Onyango @SethManex

The dawn accident that claimed 56 lives at Fort Ternan in Kericho county yesterday adds to the dark history of horrific road carnages that have claimed hundreds of lives in Kenya.

As an isolated incident, the accident is the worst in Kenya’s history, surpassing the 50 mark for casualties. Over the years, the number of people losing lives to reckless driving and avoidable accidents has made travelling on Kenyan roads seem like a suicide attempt or playing Russian roulette.

The fatal crashes  have been happening at an alarming rate despite intervention by relevant agencies.

Stakeholders in the transport industry have called for urgent policy shift to save lives. Here are some of the worse accidents in the recent past.

December 2016

Thirty-three people died when a truck carrying inflammablecargo  rammed several vehicles before bursting into flames near Karai on the Nairobi-Naivasha highway.

April 2017

Twenty-four people died in an accident in Kibwezi on Mombasa –Nairobi highway. The accident involved a Buscar company vehicle that was heading to Mombasa from Nairobi and an oil tanker.

December 2017

Some 32 people died after a multiple vehicle crash at Sachang’wan on the Eldoret-Nakuru highway. The noon accident involved 15 vehicles, including a trailer, a Modern Coast bus, a Great Rift Valley 14-seater matatu and a private car.

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