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Speed humps likely caused the Naivasha accident – police

Speed humps might have contributed to the Saturday night accident that claimed about 40 lives, police investigations show.

Police said the light truck might have lost control after hitting a hump.

Transport PS Irungu Nyakera said the humps were not visible and there were no signs to warn motorists.

The law requires that measures should be put in place to warn motorists of humps. These include signs and rumble strips.

He said the humps were “a bit steep” and that authorities concerned were considering adjusting them.

The scene of the accident is a blackspot. Before the humps were erected, pedestrians were dying in huge numbers, sparking a protests.

The violent demos saw villagers engage in battles with police officers for almost a week.

Speaking at the accident scene, MCAs Samuel Waithuki and Wanyoike Wanango blamed the humps for the carnage.

“It is becoming difficult for drivers to control their trucks, especially after hitting a hump at high speed,” Mr Wanango told Mr Nyakera.

They demanded the immediate removal of speed humps barely eight months after they were erected.