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NTSA says Nakuru accident caused by reckless driving, Uhuru orders probe

The National Transport Safety Authority has said that the grisly accident at Soysambu area, in Nakuru, was caused by reckless driving.

NTSA Director General Francis Meja said the bus was plying on the wrong route and preliminary crash analysis indicated that the bus was recklessly overtaking at a descent.

“The bus was overtaking a trailer without sufficient clearing distance which resulted in the driver going back into the lane to avoid a head-on collision with an oncoming trailer.This miscalculation resulted in the oncoming trailer colliding with the right side of the bus ripping it of,” said Mr Meja.

DRIVER STILL AT LARGE

The driver of the ill-fated bus is as at large and police have launched a manhunt.

Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta has instructed the relevant authorities to quickly establish the root cause of the accident and to implement more measures that will ensure roads are safer at all times.

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of more than 19 people in a bus accident at Soysambu area on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway. My condolences to the families, relatives and friends of those who have lost dear and loved ones,” President Kenyatta said.

MEDICAL TEAMS ON STANDBY

The President said that hospitals in the region are treating those that are injured and medical teams are on standby to evacuate any cases that may need specialised care that is not available in the area.

He said emergency and support services have also been dispatched to the accident area to help alleviate the situation.

The President arrived in Beijing, China, Saturday morning where he will join other 28 Heads of State and Government to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the round table summit.