Four people killed after matatu rams lorry along Nakuru-Eldoret Highway (Photos)
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SEE ALSO :Road traffic congestion problem solvable“Four passengers had already died and the rest were wailing in pain. I tried asking the driver why he rammed his vehicle into mine but he was so terrified. He walked into the maize field and never came back,” said Mr Simiyu. He explained that the breaking system of his trailer failed a few kilometers from the scene but he managed to steer it off the road. He was ferrying maize from Kampala, Uganda to Mombasa. “The pressurized breaking system started failing when I was moving downhill. The vehicle was very heavy and moving it further would have been more dangerous. I tried reaching mechanics in vain and had to wait until morning,” said Mr Simiyu. It is suspected that the matatu driver had dozed off. Wycliffe Nyongesa, a resident, said they were alerted by the loud bang and on arriving at the scene they found four people already dead.