Kensilver Bus Overturns at the Nithi Bridge Blackspot Killing 4

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A Kensilver bus enroute to Nairobi from Maua overturned at the notorious Nithi bridge blackspot in Tharaka Nithi county killing four people on Sunday 7th April. Four others were seriously injured and rushed to various hospitals.

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Zacchaeus Ng’eno, the County Police Commander confirmed the accident stating that investigations have been launched to ascertain the cause of the accident.

“We have lost two female passengers, one adult male and a male juvenile in the accident. We ask family members of those who have lost their loved ones to take heart for the loss.

“This place has been nicknamed ‘a black spot’ and we call upon motorists and especially owners of motor vehicles to ensure they are roadworthy before embarking on a journey,” Ng’eno said.

The bus conductor narrated that the bus developed brake failure forcing the driver to crash it on the side.

“The bus developed brake system failure at Marima before descending the Nithi Bridge slope, which is a black spot, forcing the driver to act swiftly and crash the bus against the sloping meanders,” he recounted.

Spanning just 50 metres, the Nithi bridge is a notorious blackspot that has seen horrific crashes. On March 15th this year, 38 students and 10 teachers narrowly escaped death at the same location when a school bus belonging to Itoleka Girls’ Secondary School suffered brake failure.

The bridge is currently the subject of various proposals aimed at changing its design and make it less susceptible to causing road accidents.

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