Police hunting for matatu driver in Langata road accident

September 26, 2016 11:41 am
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Nairobi Traffic Commandant Leonard Katana told Capital FM News that they are closing in on the driver who fled from the scene of the accident/FILE
Nairobi Traffic Commandant Leonard Katana told Capital FM News that they are closing in on the driver who fled from the scene of the accident/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 26 – A manhunt is underway for the driver of the Rongai-bound matatu which overturned on Lang’ata Road Sunday killing at least four people and injuring dozens others.

Nairobi Traffic Commandant Leonard Katana told Capital FM News that they are closing in on the driver who fled from the scene of the accident.

“We are looking for the driver of the vehicle who is still at large but we are closing in on him. It is really sad when four people not even one person dies as a result of reckless driving,” he stated.

He encouraged passengers to be alert and speak out especially if the driver of the vehicle they are in is speeding.

“Passengers in these PSVs need to speak out. If a driver is speeding, he should not be allowed to do so. We all have a responsibility to ensure that drivers operate their vehicles responsibly,” he said.

Police and witnesses said the accident occurred when the bus from Rongai overturned near Lang’ata Police station on the way to the city centre.

It has not established the cause of the accident, but witnesses said the bus may have been on a high speed and trying to avoid hitting another vehicle when it overturned.

Images circulating on social media showed passengers in blood-soaked clothes being rescued from the bus before police arrived.

Lang’ata Road has several black spots, where fatal accidents occur nearly every week, according to police records.

At least three buses from the Rongai route have overturned on the notorious road since June last year, raising concerns on their safety record.

In August, a pupil from Victorian Academy, Meru died and several others were injured after a bus ferrying them to the music festival overturned on Lang’ata Road.

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