In Summary
  • Metkei Assistant County Commissioner Raymond Jembe confirmed the deaths saying the injured had been rushed to hospital.
  • Among those who perished were two assistant chiefs who were from a peace meeting.
  • MTRH received three people who were in critical condition but they are now out of danger.

Eleven people have died and several injured after a 14-seater matatu rolled at HZ area in Metkei along the Eldoret-Kaptagat-Eldama-Ravine road.

The Monday 9pm incident happened after the driver of the matatu lost control while descending a steep section of the road.

The matatu was heading to Ravine from Eldoret town.

The vehicle hit a guard rail and then rolled several times killing several passengers on the spot.

Metkei Assistant County Commissioner Raymond Jembe confirmed the deaths saying the injured had been rushed to hospital.

SHARP BEND

According to witnesses, the driver seemed not to be familiar with the sharp corner where the incident happened. They said that many lives have been lost at the spot in the past.

"The place is sharp and steep and the driver seemed not be aware hence he lost control of the vehicle before it rolled severally hitting a guard rail. It is not the first time an accident has occurred here. Four people died on the spot at this scene in 2014," said Alex Barsulai, a witness.

He also added that it is rare for crashes to occur on the route but whenever one happens, it claims many lives at once.

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