Eight dead, two injured in Gilgil road accident

Eight people were killed while two other sustained serious injuries Friday morning after a Nissan matatu they were travelling in collided with a truck near St Mary’s Hospital in Gilgil on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

According to Gilgil Sub-County police commander Joseph Onditi said the Mololine shuttle that was headed to Nairobi from Nakuru collided with the truck that was overtaking a car on its way towards Nakuru from Nairobi.

Onditi said the two people who survived the grisly accident one with life-threatening and the other with minor injuries were rushed to St. Mary`s Hospital in Gilgil for treatment while the bodies of the eight passengers were taken to Gilgil Sub County Hospital Mortuary.

The driver of the truck was trying to overtake another vehicle before crashing.
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The management of Mololine Services said the Matatu left Nakuru for Nairobi Friday at 4.45 am with nine people on board among them a staff driver on his way to Nairobi to pick one of the company’s vehicles.

The public transport company said it will use its surveillance cameras to identify passengers of the ill-fated matatu and get in touch with their relatives.

The wreckage of the two vehicles have been towed to Gilgil police station.

Police have urged motorists along the highway to observe traffic rules as a way of averting road carnage.

  

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