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Nine killed, several injured in separate road accidents

At least nine people lost their lives on Friday in separate road accidents in Kisumu and Murang’a counties.

In Murang’a, the accident at Mlima Swara claimed six lives, as five survivors remained at Thika Level Five Hospital under treatment.

A conductor and a passenger were discharged.

Dr Joseph Wanjohi, the deputy medical superintendent said they received eight patients, most of them suffering multiple and severe injuries.

Victims said they boarded the vehicles at Kenol and were hit by a lorry ferrying timber along the busy Sagana-Nairobi highway.

FAMILY MEMBERS

“I boarded the vehicle at 9:15pm and was to alight at Makuyu. I cannot recall what happened afterwards when the lorry hit the vehicle and another,” said Anthony Muiruri from the hospital bed.

Makuyu police boss Paul Wanjama said the two matatus were heading to Embu.

The Kisumu accident along Ahero-Katito Road left a family in Nyamira County mourning its four members.

The four were among 16 passengers in the vehicle ferrying passengers from Kineni to Bondo for the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology graduation ceremony.

The driver lost control  of the vehicle and plunged into a river.

SPEEDING

“I do not know how my sister is going to react to this,” said Mr Wesley Nyakundi, whose father died in the accident. He was recuperating at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga hospital.

He said the driver of the vehicle was not speeding.

“We do not know what actually happened,” Mr Nyakundi who was in pain, said, adding that the 14-seater matatu belonged to Gusii Commuter Sacco.

Nyanza Traffic boss Andrew Naibei said the driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road before plunging into a river.

“Three men died on the spot while a woman died while receiving treatment at Ahero sub county hospital,” he said.

Mr Naibei cautioned drivers against speeding on unfamiliar roads, noting the driver was not familiar with the narrow road.