Vehicle clearing traffic for Uhuru motorcade collides with matatu

Monday July 31 2017

Police inspect the vehicle that was in a crash

Police inspect the vehicle that was in a crash at Gesonso outside Mount Kenya University campus in Kisii town on July 31, 2017. PHOTO | ELGAR MACHUKA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ELGAR MACHUKA
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Several people were injured after a police vehicle clearing traffic for President Uhuru Kenyatta collided with a 14-seater matatu in Kisii County.

The vehicle was leading the president's entourage back to Suneka airstrip when it collided head-on with the matatu at Gesonso outside Mount Kenya University campus in Kisii town.

Witnesses said the police vehicle was speeding when the incident happened.

Kisii County Commissioner Samwel Njora said the matatu driver was trying to make a u-turn in the middle of the highway.

The wreckage of the matatu that collided with a

The wreckage of the matatu that collided with a police vehicle in Kisii town on July 31, 2017. PHOTO | ELGAR MACHUKA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Njora said a number of passengers in the matatu were injured, but they yet to establish the exact number.

Kisii Central Base Commander Eric Kithinji who was in the police vehicle escaped uninjured while his driver sustained minor injuries, Mr Njora said.

"Most of those injured were from the matatu but we will issue more information on the number of people hurt," he said.

The incident forced the President to stop-by for a while to assess the situation. He left after the injured were taken to hospitals.