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UPDATE: Seven dead as bus rams into lorry on Thika Superhighway – PHOTOS

Seven people died on Wednesday evening and dozens others were injured after a matatu rammed into a lorry along Thika Superhighway.

Nairobi County Police commander Japhet Koome said the seven were two women and five men all adults. The accident happened at the Natives Bar and Grill drift involving four vehicles.

The bus plying the Mwiki-Nairobi route was behind a lorry carrying stones on the highway heading to Nairobi.

A resident, Peter Mwangi, says the lorry in front burst its front tyre and the driver struggled to steer it to the edge of the road.

Police and members of the public at the scene of the accident on Thika Superhighway. PHOTO | NAIROBI NEWS
Police and members of the public at the scene of the accident on Thika Superhighway. PHOTO | NAIROBI NEWS

The matatu driver could not react fast enough when a stone fell from the lorry.

It tumbled on the stone, rolled over the rails and landed on the outbound lanes.

Members of the public at the scene of the accident on Thika Superhighway. PHOTO | NAIROBI NEWS
Members of the public at the scene of the accident on Thika Superhighway. PHOTO | NAIROBI NEWS

It crushed a 14-seater matatu destined for Nanyuki. Two other personal cars were also involved.

Nairobi traffic commandant Peter Ndung’u said he would confirm the number of fatalities once at the scene of accident.

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Kenya Red Cross also confirmed that its team had arrived at the scene.

The accident slowed traffic on Thika Superhighway for a while but traffic police alongside Kenya Red Cross were present at the scene.