Eight dead, two injured in Gilgil road accident

Written By: KBC Reporter

The wreckage of the matatu was towed to Gilgil Police Station (Photo/Courtesy)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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