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12 die as matatu, lorry collide on Nakuru-Nairobi highway

Friday March 22 2019

JOSEPH OPENDA
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Twelve people have been killed after a truck and a 2NK shuttle collided at Kikopey on the Nakuru-Nairobi highway.

Gilgil OCPD Opuru said that emergency teams had been sent to the scene of the Friday morning crash.

Nakuru County Police Commander Stephen Matu confirmed that all 11 passengers who were in the 2NK shuttle died on the spot.

Another passenger died later at the Gilgil Sub-County Hospital.

Those who died were seven women and five men.

The driver of the truck escaped while his turnboy suffered serious injuries.

Wreckage of the truck which collided with a matatu

The wreckage of the truck which collided with a matatu at Kikopey in Nakuru on March 22, 2019 killing 12 people. PHOTO | JOSEPH OPENDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

LOST CONTROL

According to the police, the lorry was speeding and the driver lost its control.

It then collided head on with the matatu which was heading towards Nairobi.

Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui, in a press briefing, said the crash involved five vehicles.

Kikopey accident

Wananchi look at the truck which collided with a matatu at Kikopey in Nakuru on March 22, 2019 killing 12 people. PHOTO | JOSEPH OPENDA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Mr Mbui said the truck's brakes failed while it was descending the climbing lane towards Nakuru. It then hit two canter lorries before colliding with the matatu, killing all the passengers.

He added that the lorry then veered of the road and ran into a compound near the road.

Three vehicles were extensively damaged and were towed to Gilgil Police Station.