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Four killed in Thika-Garissa highway accident


Four people perished in a tragic carnage involving a bus and a tuk tuk that occurred along the Thika-Garrisa Highway at Makongeni area in Thika town Saturday afternoon.

The four; two women, a 10-year-old boy and the tuk tuk driver were crushed to death by the Ukambani-bound bus.

Eyewitnesses recounted that both the bus and the tuk tuk were heading in the same direction.

The speeding bus hit the tuk tuk from behind, as it was trying to overtake it, causing it to roll and then crash.

They said that the bus driver freed the scene to avoid the wrath of locals who were milling around the scene.

The locals led by Mathew Ngugi decried that the stretch is slowly becoming a black spot noting that in the past one week seven people have been killed in tragic accidents along the area.

They petitioned the government through the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to erect speed bumps and a footbridge in the area so as to reduce carnage and end loss of innocent lives on the road.

They noted that children usually risk their lives crossing the busy highway while heading to schools within the area including Kamenu and Barracks primary schools.

The bridge, they noted, will also serve students from Thika School of Medical and Health Sciences.

Bodies of the victims were taken to General Kago funeral home while wreckages of the bus and the tuk tuk were towed to Thika police station.

Antony Kioko
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