Nine dead and 21 injured in Kisumu, Murang’a road crashes

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Nine people have died and more than 21 injured in road crashes in the less than 24 hours.

The crashes, collisions and control loss, occured in Murang’a and Kisumu counties.

In Makuyu, five people died and nine others were seriously injured when the vehicles they were travelling collided with a lorry at the Mlima Swara blackspot, near Kakuzi farm, on the Nairobi-Nyeri highway.

ON THE SPOT

Makuyu police boss Paul Wanjama said the lorry belonging to Kakuzi Limited was ferrying timber when it lost control and hit two vehicles on Thursday night.

Police inspect the mangled wreck of one of the matatus involved the Makuyu crash on May 26, 2017. PHOTO | GRACE GITAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Four women and one man died on the spot, he said.

The injured were taken to Thika Level 5 Hospital.

Mr Wanjama said the two matatus, one belonging to Ketno Sacco and the other to Emuki Sacco, were heading to Embu from Nairobi when the crash happened.

12 HURT

The wreckages of the matatus were towed to the Makuyu Police Station.

In Ahero, four people died and 12 injured after a matatu they were travelling crashed on the on the Ahero-Katito road on Friday morning..

The deceased were said to be from the same family.

They were en-route to Bondo to attend a graduation ceremony of their daughter at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University.

Wreckage of the matatu that lost control and plunged into a river in Ahero. The injured were taken to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Nyanza Traffic boss Andrew Naibei said the matatu driver lost control of his vehicle and veered off the road before plunging into a river.

SPEEDING

“Three men died on the spot while a woman died while receiving treatment at Ahero Sub County hospital,” he said.

The injured were treated at Ahero Sub County Hospital and were later referred to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu.

Mr Naibei cautioned drivers against speeding on unfamiliar roads.

“The driver was definitely not familiar with the road and was speeding,” he said.

“The Katito-Ahero road is always very narrow and bumpy and most accidents are caused by drivers who use it for the first time.”

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