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14 killed in horror road accident in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya - Fourteen people have been killed in a grisly road accident in Salgaa, outside Nakuru town, after a heavy commercial truck lost control and crashed into two passenger vehicles, police said Sunday.

Traffic Police Commandant, Samuel Kimaru, told PANA the Sunday the accident occurred after a heavy commercial vehicle crashed into a 14-seater van.

Salgaa, a notorious black spot 180km outside capital, Nairobi, is usually reserved for overnight parking for heavy commercial vehicles destined to western Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

“The XZA trailer’s brakes failed and it crashed on the two vehicles. A total of 12 people died at the scene. Two people died at the hospital,” the Traffic Commander said.

Accidents involving passenger vehicles, buses and heavy commercial trucks are common in Salgaa, a midway journey point along the nearly 400 km drive from the capital, for most vehicles.

In November 2013, 11 people died in a similar horrific crash in Salgaa. Last month, two people died and seven others sustained serious injuries in another accident at the same spot.

Most accidents occur as a result of mechanical failures and overloading of vehicles along the major highways. But police in Kenya believe the accidents often result from human error.

Police in Kenya have recently tightened regulations targeting drunk driving, while most passenger vehicles undeserving of the roads, often get away bribing the police.

Kenya’s Police Inspector-General, David Kimaiyo, denied any wrongdoing on the part of Police.

Pana 10/03/2014