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Two more die, scores injured in road crashes

Reuben Mwambingu  and Kinyuru Munuhe @ kinyurumunuhe

Two people died after the  bus they were travelling in overturned in Josa area on Mwatate-Wundanyi road in Taita Taveta county.

Twenty-eight  others sustained serious injuries during the accident and were rushed to Moi Referral Hospital.

The Royal Hisham company bus, said to have been ferrying mourners from a burial ceremony in Mghambonyi area, was on its way to Mombasa.

An eyewitness Humphrey Mkacharo said the vehicle was speeding when it veered off the road and landed in a ditch.

County Police Commander Fred Ochieng  confirmed the incident and urged motorists to be extra careful.

Meanwhile, scores of people were injured after a passenger bus they were travelling in from Western Kenya overturned near Nairobi School on Waiyaki Way yesterday afternoon.

A bus belonging to Climax Coaches overturned shortly after making a stopover at Waruku Stage on the busy route. Fellow motorists rushed at the scene and safely evacuated tens of passengers, who were trapped inside before police and emergency rescue service providers arrived at the scene.

“Some people sustained cuts on the limbs while others had soft tissue injuries. At least 15 were taken d to hospital,” Gilbert Mathia,  a witness said.

Red Cross emergency rescuers offered first aid services to the injured. Police had difficult time trying to control motorists and curious onlookers

The accident caused heavy traffic snarl up inbound and outbound Nairobi Central Business District.

The wreckage was towed to Kabete Police Station. Police are yet to establish the cause of accident although the driver is suspected to have been fatigued. 

The National Disaster Management Unit deputy director of communications Pius Mwachi said it is regrettable that nearly 200 people have died from road accidents in the last one month.

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