New Year tragedy: 11 die in Kenyan road crash

A bus at a scene of an accident

A bus at a scene of an accident that involved a 14-seater minibus and on the Nakuru- Eldoret highway in Kenya on January 1, 2013. 11 people died and two suffered injuries. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH

Eleven passengers aboard a minibus perished moments after they ushered in the New Year after the vehicle collided with a bus along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway in Kenya’s Rift valley region Africareview reports.

According to police, the 14-seater minibus heading to Nakuru from Eldoret was trying to overtake a trailer before it lost control and collided head on with a bus from the opposite direction.

“Ten passengers died on the spot while another on his way to the hospital. In the trailer, no one was injured,” said local police boss Joseph Mwamburi. He confirmed that the accident claimed all occupants in the minibus.

In the bus, only the driver and a female passenger suffered slight injuries.

“I was driving from Nairobi and my passengers were happy with my speed but as the speeding [minibus] was trying to overtake a trailer we collided head-on,” said Khaemba Kwambi, the bus driver.

The accident happened in the wake of new rules that the Traffic Department of the Kenya police has attributed to the relatively few cases of accidents during the festive season.

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