7 die in Thika Superhighway multiple pile-up

September 6, 2017 6:21 pm
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According to police and witnesses, the accident happened after the driver of a lorry carrying construction materials lost control ramming into a speeding 40-seater minibus/MUTHONI NJUKI

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6 – Seven people were killed after a multiple pile-up involving four vehicles on the Thika Superhighway.

According to police and witnesses, the accident happened after the driver of a lorry carrying construction materials lost control ramming into a speeding 40-seater minibus.

The driver of the minibus, police said, tried to avoid impact with the lorry using the guardrails, but was pushed towards the opposite route, towards Thika Town.

“About 20 people are admitted to hospital,” Nairobi traffic boss Peter Ndung’u told Capital FM News.

The minibus trying to avoid the lorry collided with an oncoming Nanyuki bound 14-seater matatu and another private vehicle.

Some witnesses who spoke to Capital FM News say the driver of the lorry lost control after the front right tyre burst.

“Some of those we rescued are in a critical condition,” John Owino, a rescuer said.

It was feared the death toll could rise.

The accident occurred opposite Club Natives at the drift just before the General Service Unit headquarters at Ruaraka.

A three-year old child was among survivors according to police.

The accident caused a heavy traffic snarl up in both directions of the highway.

By May this year, 1,097 people had died in road accidents compared to 1,176 during the same period last year.

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