A Tuesday evening accident involving an Egesa shuttle matatu and a private car on Bomet - Sotik road left three people dead while nine are hospitalized after sustaining varied injuries during the crash. Among those hospitalized is the driver of the private car while the driver of the matatu fled from the scene after the accident.
Confirming the incident to the Daily Nation, Bomet Central Sub-County Police Commander Musa Omari said the incident happened at around 3pm.
"The matatu had nine passengers and the driver disappeared from the scene immediately after the accident occurred," said Mr. Musa Omari to the Daily Nation.
According to the eyewitnesses, the driver of the matatu was trying to avoid hitting a pothole when he crashed into an oncoming private car. The matatu was traveling from Kisii to Nairobi while the private car was headed towards Kaplong.
Preliminary reports as per the Daily Nation indicate that the matatu collided head on with the car, resulting in a tire burst before it veered off the road and rolled several times before landing in a ditch. Passengers who apparently were not wearing seat belts were thrown off their seats, resulting in the fatalities and injuries. Their belongings were also scattered at the scene of the accident.
The injured are receiving treatment at Tenwek Hospital while the three bodies of the crash victims were moved to Longisa County Referral Hospital mortuary.
The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) in its recent report again indicated that majority of accidents that happened this year are as a result of poor judgement from the drivers. Fatalities were also largely attributed to the failure by passengers to wear seat belts. Belts helps a lot to prevent serious injuries or deaths during a crash.
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