Two policemen killed, 11 prisoners injured in Sotik road accident

Two policemen killed, 11 prisoners injured in Sotik road accident

Two police officers died on the spot while three others are fighting for their lives at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Bomet County after the vehicle they were traveling alongside prisoners from Kericho County Remand Prison veered off the road at Daraja Sita area along Kapkatet-Sotik road.

According to Bomet County Commandant Leah Kithei, the police lorry veered off the road while trying to overtake another vehicle.

Eleven prisoners are also admitted at Tenwek Mission Hospital in critical condition with heavy security presence.

The prisoners were being taken to the Sotik Law Courts.

This comes even as the latest statistics were released by the national transport and safety authority (NTSA) indicating the number of fatal accidents in the country as having increased in 2015 by over 5 percent compared to 2014.

The authority has attributed the increase to human error, speeding, dangerous overtaking, drunk driving and the use of undesignated areas to drop passengers.

According to the figures, 3,037 persons had died as of December 29th compared to 2,886 as of the same time in 2014.

Pedestrians topped the list accounting at 1,338 followed by passengers at 658, while the number of motorcycle operators stood at 434.

It is for this reason that NTSA and traffic officers have launched a major crackdown across the country.

In Naivasha and along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, several vehicles have been impounded and drivers arrested.

The operation was however met with opposition from stranded passengers who accused the officers involved of inconveniencing them.