Six killed in grisly Nairobi-Nakuru highway accident

Piece by: Gitonga Murage

• The sixth victim passed on while undergoing treatment at Naivasha sub-county hospital.

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A grisly road accident involving a Nissan matatu and a lorry along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway has left six people dead.

The six  included four women have perished following 

During the 3am incident, the SWAT matatu rammed into the rear of a lorry near the Flyover trading centre in Magumu killing five people on the spot.

The sixth victim passed on while undergoing treatment at Naivasha sub-county hospital.

Six other people including two minors are admitted in critical condition.

The incident comes a couple of months after another SWAT matatu was involved in a road accident near Delamere farm in Naivasha killing 11 secondary school students.

The students from Mbihi High School in Mbale Vihiga were on their way home for the holidays when the matatu hit a trailer while on its way to Nairobi.

In the latest incident, the driver of the ill-fated matatu was trying to overtake a fleet of vehicles along the climbing lane when it hit the lorry.

Njabini OCPD Peter Nzimbi confirmed the accident adding that the mangled wrecks had been towed to Magumu police station.

He said that the whereabouts of the driver remained unknown adding that all the injured were admitted at Naivasha sub-county hospital.

“We had an accident where a Nissan matatu heading to Nairobi from Nakuru rammed into the rear of a lorry killing four women and two men,” he said.

While calling for drivers to be keen, he said that sections of the highway were foggy in the morning and late in the evening, adversely affecting visibility.

According to James Kabono from Naivasha Safety Group, visibility was poor during the 330am incident adding that this could have caused the accident.

He said that five people died on the spot while the injured were rushed to Naivasha Hospital where the sixth succumbed to the injuries.

“The driver tried to swerve to his right and in the process, the left side of the matatu was ripped off by the rear of the lorry leading to the deaths of the passengers,” he said.

Kabono added that the occupants of the lorry which was on its way to Nairobi to deliver the fresh produce escaped unscathed.

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