Three dead, several others injured in Mwingi accident

Three people died on the spot and several others are recuperating at various hospitals in Mwingi town following a road accident involving four vehicles at Mutyangombe area, along the Mwingi-Garissa Highway.

Those killed were boarding a Nissan Matatu which was heading from Mwingi town to Mui.

The accident occurred Wednesday night when the Nissan matatu was diverting from the highway to enter a feeder road. It was hit from behind by a Lorry which caused it to overturn several times.

The Lorry then lost control and rammed on another stationary lorry which was loading water tanks and was parked on the right side of the road.

A third lorry which was plying the route while trying to avoid the accident was also crashed on one side of the road.

According to Mwingi Police Base Commandant Ezron Ouma who spoke at the scene of the accident, three people succumbed to injuries on the spot while unidentified number of patients who sustained injuries were rushed to Mwingi Level hospital.

The base commandant warned drivers against over speeding especially in identified black spot areas, so as to avoid accidents.

Bodies of the dead have been removed to Mwingi Level IV Hospital Mortuary, while, all the four vehicles have been towed to Mwingi Police Station pending further investigations.

Elsewhere, three people have died while four have been hospitalized after a quarry wall collapsed in Juja, Kiambu County.

The three, a lorry driver and his two conductors were in the process of loading stones when the tragedy happened.

Two of them, a driver and a conductor died on the spot while the other conductor succumbed to injuries as he was being rushed to the hospital.

They were in a team that had been working in a pit at Kwa Mugo quarry when the incident took place in the afternoon.

Four others are recuperating at Thika Level Five Hospital after suffering serious injuries from the incident that has left the far-flung Muthaara village in grief.

According to Elias Mwaura, the owner of the lorry (KCF 054R) that was also damaged irreparably, the collapse of the wall was caused by a crack on top of the deep quarry.

Speaking at the quarry while towing the lorry that was turned into wreckage, Mwaura said he was informed about the incident by another driver who had gone at the quarry to purchase stones.

David Ekidor, a quarry worker urged the government to compel quarry owners to insure their workers for such incidents.

He regretted that when such incidents happen, owners of the excavation sites do not take care of the victims and instead, their poor families are left to bear huge hospital and burial burdens.

Residents further expressed fears that the area was a ticking bomb as most of the quarries are unfenced and there emerges soil erosion whenever it rains.

Speaking on phone, Juja Sub County Police Commander Dorothy Migarusha confirmed the incident noting that detectives have commenced investigations to unravel the mystery behind the occurrence.


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