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Shocking claims about Salgaa blackspot demons

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For a motorist cruising the Salgaa stretch along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway, there is nothing much to talk about. It is just but any other part of a road ushering you into a village life. But the breezing air might be whistling from the ghosts of death resting there!

The Salgaa accident blackspot has made headlines historically due to the grisly crashes witnessed at the area.

The blackspot is a 12-kilometre stretch from Kibunja to Salgaa. It is one of Kenya’s most notorious road areas which have left bitter memories to several families after it killed their loved ones.

As you zip the stretch, broken glasses and mangled vehicle parts dot the road painting a picture of the ugly incidents and fatal deaths witnessed.

In 2012, 20 crashes were reported in the area leading to 40 deaths. In 2013, deaths from crashes in the area shot up to 45.

The trend continued in 2014 and 2015 where more deaths were reported.

Several factors have been blamed on this; the sharp corners, foggy weather and the speeding trailers freewheeling along the stretch.

Uproar from Kenyans forced authorities to act. Speed restrictions were put into place, freewheeling was banned and a litany of road signs warning drivers that they are lurking death were erected.

But nothing is forthcoming!

On May 11, 2014, Kenyans woke up to a black Sunday after ten people were killed at the blackspot when a trailer rammed into six vehicles. A couple of other passengers were seriously injured with many being left disable.

Three weeks after the incident, the place had blood spilling again. Four people in a saloon car, who were travelling for a burial in Murang’a, were crashed at the same area by a lorry.

And as Kenyans were ushering the New Year (2016), five schoolboys were killed at the scene after a night of clubbing. One day later, another saloon car was smashed by a bus killing three people.

But no day has been a dark day to Kenyans because of this stretch like January 31, 2009. More than 100 people were killed in the area when they rushed to scoop unleaded petrol after a tanker overturned.

Residents say the gory incidents of this stretch are still painfully etched into their minds.

As police authorities blame careless driving for the increased crashes, residents have a different story.

“This road has devils. There are people who are devil worshippers and are out to get innocent peoples’ blood,” a resident, who declines to be named, claims.

The sensational claims are real with locals. Many asked for a divine intervention to chase away the ‘devils’.

“It is demon-possessed. It needs prayers,” Milka Wanjiru, a sugarcane vendor along the killer stretch, said in a casual tone

 

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