Six die in two matatu accidents in Nakuru and Kirinyaga

Wednesday February 10 2016

By GEORGE MUNENE
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By FRANCIS MUREITHI
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Six people died Tuesday in two road accidents in Nakuru and Kirinyaga counties.

In Nakuru, four people died and several injured in an accident on the Nairobi highway.

The accident, which caused a heavy traffic jam occurred at a black-spot near the entrance of St Mary’s Mission Hospital about 4pm.

The place is 30 kilometres from Nakuru Town.

The four were in a North Rift matatu that was heading to Eldoret from Nairobi, when it collided with a bus.

A man and two women died on the spot.

The driver of the matatu died an hour later as doctors at the mission hospital attempted to save his life.

The bodies were moved to the hospital’s mortuary.

ATTEMPTED TO OVERTAKE

Gilgil Police boss Susan Koki said the collision occurred when the bus, christened Dayah Express, attempted to overtake a matatu belonging to Highway Sacco.

The bus hit the Highway matatu from behind before colliding with the oncoming North Rift matatu, ripping off its entire roof.

The North Rift matatu had 11 passengers.

It could not be established how many passengers were in the bus and the Highway matatu.

Some passengers in the North Rift matatu were trapped in the vehicle for nearly an hour before being pulled out.

A passenger emerged from the mangled vehicle unscathed. The bus driver disappeared after the collision.

“We know the driver and have his details. We have begun a manhunt. We shall definitely get him,” she said.

MATATU OVERTURNS

In Kirinyaga, a teacher and another passenger died while 14 others were seriously injured when a matatu they were travelling in overturned on the Kerugoya-Kutus road.

Fifty-year-old Cyrus Wachira, a secondary school teacher and Alex Muthee, 35, an employee of Joy Max Company Ltd died on arrival at Kerugoya Hospital.

The 14 who suffered head and leg injuries were taken to the same hospital.

Eight were admitted while six were treated and discharged.

County Police chief Rono Bunei said investigations had been launched to establish the circumstances under which the accident occurred.