• "The man had hitched a lift by hanging on a cargo train to Murang'a for New Year celebrations but decided to jump off at River Githanja bridge."
A middle-aged man on Thursday lost both his legs after jumping out of a moving cargo train. According to Murang'a South Sub-County Police Commander Alexander Shikondi the man had hitched a ride to avoid paying Ksh 250 being charged by Matatu's (PSV's).
"The man had hitched a lift by hanging on a cargo train to Murang'a for New Year celebrations but decided to jump off at River Githanja bridge.
The train was transporting petrol from Nairobi to Nanyuki.He feared that he would be arrested at the Maragua town terminus.
He did not get his math right since he was not able to jump clear off the train and the rails," said Shikondi
The officer said good Samaritans who rescued the man and rushed him to the hospital 50 meters away, reported to police that the man confessed to have jumped onto the train in Gíthurai to escape the Sh250 fare that public service vehicles were charging him to Murang'a.
He had a carrier bag that had one packet of wheat flour, a loaf of bread and a kilo of sugar. The young man had both legs amputated after they were run over by the last two cabins, severing them just below the knees.