Eight die, several hurt after matatu, lorry collide in Meru

Saturday August 12 2017

Eight people died while several others were seriously injured after this matatu collided head on with a lorry at Ng’onyi in Meru County on August 12, 2017. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Eight people died while several others were seriously injured after this matatu collided head on with a lorry at Ng’onyi in Meru County on August 12, 2017. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By AGNES ABOO
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Eight people have died while several others have been seriously injured after a matatu collided head on with a lorry at Ng’onyi in Meru County.

According to eye witnesses, the matatu was overtaking a motorbike when it collided with an oncoming lorry.

Mr Patrick Murithi, a resident who was first at the scene, said they managed to rescue six people who were taken to Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital.

“The matatu had 10 passengers and eight of them, including the driver, died, Mr Murithi said, adding that they could not immediately establish how many people were on the motorbike.

The matatu which collided with a lorry at Ng’onyi in Meru County on August 12, 2017 killing 8 people on the spot. Witnesses said it was overtaking a motorbike.  PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The matatu which collided with a lorry at Ng’onyi in Meru County on August 12, 2017 killing 8 people on the spot. Witnesses said it was overtaking a motorbike. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Central Region Kenya Red Cross Coordinator Mugambi Gitonga, who arrived at scene later, said they rescued two people.

“Those in the lorry escaped unhurt.

“We cannot tell the number of those in the lorry but we have found a motorbike at the scene. We are yet to establish the owner and if he survived,” Mr Gitonga said.

Kenya Red Cross officials and police at the scene of the crash. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kenya Red Cross officials and police at the scene of the crash. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Imenti North MP-elect Rahim Dawood asked drivers to be keen while approaching the stretch noting that it is a black spot.

He promised to erect more bumps in the area saying that in 2016 he erected some bumps at the place which has reduced the number of accidents reported.

“I pass my condolences to the affected families. We erected bumps here because there were increased number of accidents especially [involving] school-going kids,” he said.