Elgeyo marakwet county is in a state of mourning after eleven people lost their lives when a matatu they were traveling in lost control and rolled several times around HZ along the Eldoret – Eldama Ravine route. Three passengers sustained serious injuries and are admitted at the Moi Teaching and Referral hospital, Eldoret in critical but stable conditions.
The route is well known for it’s breathtaking yet extremely dangerous topography and erratic weather conditions with thick evening and early morning fog a permanent feature. Sources who spoke to Kalenjins online stated that the vehicle which had fourteen passengers at the time of the accident and was registered with the RAVIN – ELD Sacco had faulty brakes and the usual driver refused to drive it until proper repairs were done. This led to someone else being assigned the matatu for the evening shift. Along the way, just after the view point, the brakes failed and the driver was unable to control the vehicle which collided with the guardrails and overturned.
Various leaders have passed their condolences to the families of the deceased who included two Assistant Chiefs from the area. Elgeiyo Marakwet County Governor H.E Eng. Alex Tolgos said:
“It is unfortunate that we woke up to the sad news that we lost 11 people who perished in a grisly road accident along Nyaru-Eldama Ravine Road. Three others escaped with injuries when the matatu they were traveling in rolled several times. I received the information with utter shock. Losing such a number of people is painful. I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who perished including the driver of the matatu. I also would like to recognize the efforts of doctors at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and the local residents community for their efforts in trying to rescue them. And to those who are still at hospital,I wish them quick recovery. I urge all road users to exercise vigilance especially PSV drivers. Poleni sana.”
We send our sincere condolences to the families of the departed and wish quick recovery to the hospitalized.