10 Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers were left with serious injuries after a truck they were travelling in veered off the road along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
The KDF truck with 11 occupants was heading to the Embakasi Military School in Nairobi from Eldoret.
In the road carnage which left one military officer dead, the truck lost control and landed in a ditch in Soilo area on Friday, September 23.
Preliminary reports indicated that the driver lost control and drove into a ditch after the truck’s brakes system reportedly failed.
Nakuru County Police Commander Peter Mwanzo, confirmed the accident stating that the injured soldiers were rushed to nearby health facilities.
According to Mwanzo, some of the injured soldiers were stabilised while others were airlifted to Nairobi.
“A truck ferrying members of the KDF from Eldoret to Embakasi, Nairobi has been involved in an accident. Unfortunately, we lost one while receiving treatment at the Rift Valley General Hospital,” Mwanzo stated.
“Ten members of KDF were first attended to at the Nakuru Hospital. The majority have already been airlifted to Nairobi for further treatment,” he added.
The incident comes just months after another military officer died after the car he was travelling in overturned in Murang’a County. Detectives launched investigations into the case with preliminary reports alleging that the KDF officers were trafficking seven foreigners across the country.
“The driver was a soldier in active service and on pass leave. We have reported the matter to Department of Defence (DOD) as we gather more details on the aliens,” Murang’a South Police boss, Alexander Shikondi stated.
“We are interested to know how the vehicle that ordinarily would be transporting aliens to Nairobi was involved in the accident while heading in the opposite direction of Sagana,” he added.
Statistics issued by the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) indicate that 3,358 people have died in road accidents between January 1 and September 13, 2022. Pedestrians account for the highest number of victims at 1,208 followed by cyclists, 903.