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Gilgil morning accident claims 9 lives (Video)

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Nine people died on Friday morning, February 12, in a matatu accident involving a trailer took place near St Marys hospital near Gilgil along the Nairobi Nakuru Highway at Soysambu area.

Eight are said to have died on the spot while one succumbed while being rushed to hospital.

Two people however survived the accident and are currently hospitalized.

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According to a witness, there were bodies littered all over the road while members of the public rallied to rescue those who were still trapped inside the wreck.

“The matatu has been reduced to a shell and bodies are lying all over,” she said.

According to an analysis by NTSA last year November, most accidents are attributed to human-related factors such as speeding, reckless driving, dangerous overtaking, drunk driving, drunk walking, drunk riding, failure to use helmets etc.

Current road crash statistics indicate a 5.8% increase in fatalities as at 31st October, 2020.

From the reports, road crashes have claimed the lives of 3,114 persons compared to a similar period in 2019 where 2,942 lives were lost.

Gilgil accident.

The authority has in the past said it had undertaken several measures to address road safety concerns, in a bid to reverse the worrying trend.

The measures include road safety mainstreaming in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) which is implemented through the Government Performance Contracting.

“As a result of this process, 429 government agencies have since put in place road safety policy guidelines as part of their day to day operations,” the authority said in a statement.

Further, NTSA said it was rooting for improved engagements with the County Governments through the County Transport and Safety Committees (CTSCs).

 

 

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