35 people have been confirmed dead after a passenger bus headed to Nairobi collided head on with an oncoming truck at Migaa area near Salgaa blackspot along the busy Nakuru-Eldoret highway on New Year eve.
Eighteen other people escaped death, but sustained serious injuries in the accident which happened at around 3.30am on Sunday.
Rift Valley Traffic Enforcement Officer Zero Arome said the bus, which was ferrying passengers from Busia was being driven on the wrong lane before it collided with the loaded lorry.
“We have 30 dead and two are from the truck,” he said, “All the bodies have been removed from the wreckage and injured people taken to hospital.”
The Nairobi-bound bus belongs to Matunda sacco, which mainly operates from Kitale, Busia, Kakamega and other Western Kenya destinations to Nairobi.
Among those who died on the spot include the driver of the truck and his loader, while 28 other bodies were retrieved from the ill-fated bus. Four others died while receiving treatment in hospital, among them three children aged two months, two years and 10 years and one adult aged 35 years.
The injured were taken to Molo Sub-County Hospital and the Nakuru Level Five Hospital. The dawn accident happened about 3km from the scene of another crash which claimed 20 lives on December 12th.