Roy Lumbe and Mathew Ndung’u @lumbe_roy
Six people died while eight others sustained injuries on Monday night in a road accident involving a transit truck and a 14-seater matatu at Kikopey on Nakuru-Nairobi highway.
The driver of the truck, which was headed to Eldoret from Nairobi, lost its control before it rammed the North Rift matatu which was headed in the opposite direction, killing two passengers on the spot.
Three other victims died while receiving treatment at St Mary’s Hospital in Gilgil. Passengers who sustained injuries were taken to St Mary’s and Gilgil sub-county hospitals for treatment.
The accident caused a major traffic snarl-up on the busy road as police and residents tried to rescue victims of the crash. Jennifer Wekesa, a survivor, lauded efforts by the police and residents, saying their quick response saved lives.
“I have been discharged with minor injuries. The police, other motorists and residents came to our rescue very fast and removed those who had been trapped in the wreckage,” she said.
Gilgil OCPD Serah Koki said the driver of the trailer was trying to overtake another vehicle when he miscalculated and rammed the matatu. She said the brakes of the trailer might have failed leading to the crash, adding that several cars were damaged in the accident.
Samuel Wambugu, an eyewitness, claimed the driver of the trailer had been speeding, adding that he hit six vehicles, including two trailers, before landing in a ditch.
The bodies of the victims were taken to Gilgil Hospital mortuary and the wreckage towed to the area police station Meanwhile, at least 18 people are receiving treatment at Thika Level 5 Hospital after the vehicles they were travelling in got involved in a crash yesterday morning on Murang’a-Nairobi highway.
The accident involved a lorry, which had four occupants and a matatu ferrying 14 passengers. The lorry was reportedly headed to a nearby farm en route to the Delmonte company.
The matatu was headed to Thika from Kagunduini and it allegedly hit the lorry as it was turning to Delmonte farms. Those in the lorry suffered minor injuries while the driver of the matatu suffered broken legs.
Some passengers in the 14-seater matatu reportedly sustained serious injuries. Speaking on the phone, Thika OCPD Willy Simba said no fatality was recorded from the accident, adding that police were collecting evidence and statements to give a comprehensive report on the figures of the actual number of passengers in both vehicles, those with minor and major injuries and the cause of the accident.