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Githurai-bound matatu ploughs into crowd, kills five

Five people perished on Wednesday night after they were knocked down by a speeding Nissan matatu in Githurai along the Thika Super Highway.

Three of the victims died on the spot and the other two on arrival at Kenyatta National Hospital, according to police spokesperson Charles Owino.

Owino said the matatu registered under Manchester Sacco was heading to Thika from the City Centre when it lost control and hit the pedestrians, shops and then an electric post.

THE VICTIMS

The police boss said they are still looking for the driver who fled from the scene after the accident.

He said unroadworthy public service vehicles will not be allowed on the roads, and warned reckless drivers that their days are numbered.

“It’s unfortunate that people die from mistakes that could be avoided. We will apprehend the driver as he is registered as a member of Manchester Sacco,” said Owino.

Two of the dead victims who died on arrival at Kenyatta National Hospital have not yet been identified and their bodies are are lying at the hospital’s mortuary while the other three bodies have been transferred to the City mortuary