More Lives Lost at Sachangwan Blackspot

  • The wreckage of the lorry involved in an accident along the Mombasa-Malindi Highway on March 15, 2020
    The wreckage of the lorry involved in an accident along the Mombasa-Malindi Highway on March 15, 2020
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  • A boda boda operator and his passenger lost their lives following a tragic accident on Saturday night March 28, in Sachangwan along the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway

    According to initial reports, the accident occurred after the driver of a truck lost control of it due to failed brakes, and ran through the motorbike.

    Both the truck and the motorcycle were headed towards Nakuru, the report further revealed.

    Accident along the Iten-Eldoret route owing to a collision between an ambulance and a fuel tanker on March 24, 2020.
    Accident along the Iten-Eldoret route owing to a collision between an ambulance and a fuel tanker on March 24, 2020.
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    According to Molo Division Traffic Officer James Gatara, the boda boda had two passengers when the accident happened.

    ''One passenger together with the rider died on the spot while the other passenger sustained serious injuries and was rushed to St Joseph's Hospital in Molo for further treatment,

    The truck hit the boda boda and his passengers from the rear side after its brakes failed,’’ he disclosed

    He further urged road users to be cautious, especially while driving at night, adding that accidents along the highway have reduced since road barriers were erected.

    The body of the passenger and the boda boda rider were taken to St Joseph's Hospital morgue.

    On November 18, 2019, the blackspot, in another grisly accident, claimed two lives and had several others injured after a 14-seater matatu lost control and rolled several times as it tried to avoid hitting a lorry.

    Sachangwan first made major headlines on January 31, 2009, when 110 people were confirmed dead after a fuel tanker burst into flames after it had overturned at the trading centre.

    Data by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in 2018 showed that motorcycles retained an infamous record as the highest rising cause of death on Kenyan roads despite ongoing campaigns to end this trend.

    The scene of an accident involving a 14-seater matatu and a lorry along the Mombasa-Malindi Highway on March 15, 2020
    The scene of an accident involving a 14-seater matatu and a lorry along the Mombasa-Malindi Highway on March 15, 2020
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