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12 dead in grisly road accident along Naivasha-Nakuru highway

Twelve people have been confirmed dead after a bus belonging to Pwani University hit a matatu at Kayole bridge on the Naivasha-Nakuru highway.

Naivasha deputy county commissioner Kisilu Mutua confirmed the number of fatalities but said more bodies could be trapped inside the bus.

“That is the latest figures but numbers could be higher am still getting updates from traffic officers and hospital authorities,” Mr Mutua said.

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Both the bus and the matatu were heading to Nakuru when the accident happened in an area that is blackspot along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

An eyewitness said the bus driver lost control of the vehicle after hitting the matatu that was joining the main road after picking a passenger by the roadside.

Members of the public mill around a ditch where this matatu landed after being involved in an accident with a university bus along the Naivasha-Nakuru highway. PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI

“The bus driver hooted continuously with the vehicle moving at high speed,” the eyewitness said.

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Another eyewitness said the brakes of the college bus failed as it descended a steep section of the rod.

“The bus hit the matatu from the rare twice, before it landed on a ditch by the roadside,” the eyewitness said.

At Naivasha Sub-county Hospital, it was a chaotic scene as medical personnel attended to the injured.

Accident blackspots along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway include Karai, where 40 people perished in 2017, Kinungi, Mbaruk, Gilgil and St Mary’s area.