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Thika-Garissa road death toll rises to 17

Mathew Ndung’u and Noah Cheploen @PeopleDailyKe

The death toll in the Thika-Garrissa highway Sunday night accident has risen to 17 with one patient nursing severe head damage at Thika Level 5 Hospital’s ICU.

The hospital’s emergency ward doctor-in-charge Gichunji Chege said the facility received 14 patients where four had already died before arrival. One died while receiving treatment, three were referred to Kenyatta National Hospital with multiple fractures while one was referred to Mulimba Mission Hospital.

He said the driver of the ill-fated truck was later received 30 minutes after the other patients. However, the driver succumbed to injuries and excessive bleeding. “Among those in our facility are three men— one of them in ICU—and a woman.

Apart from the one in ICU, the others are in stable condition and we don’t foresee more referrals. We urge families of the affected to be patient as we do everything possible to take care of the patients,” said Chege. He confirmed that those referred to Kenyatta National Hospital were transfused and were recovering well.

Thika East OCPD Julius Chombole had earlier confirmed that 11 bodies were collected from the scene of the accident putting the death toll to 17. The accident was reportedly caused by an overloaded matatu from Kinatwa Sacco that was overtaking and it collided head on with the truck. Elsewhere, six youth were seriously injured after a school bus they were travelling in rolled several times at Kibunja turn-off on the Nakuru-Eldoret highway yesterday.

Witnesses said the accident was caused by an oncoming car which was trying to overtake on the wrong lane. Molo OCPD Daniel Kamanza blamed the driver of the car, Toyota Noah, for overtaking recklessly saying the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle as he swerved to avoid a head-on collision.

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