Drunk lorry driver kills four in freak accident – PHOTOS
Four people were killed on Tuesday in a grisly accident involving four vehicles near Dedan Kimathi University in Nyeri County along the Nyeri- Nyahururu highway.
The accident involving three personal cars and a lorry occurred a few minutes past 3PM killing four people on the spot and injuring three others.
The accident is said to have been caused by the lorry driver who lost control while trying to overtake another vehicle.
The driver of the lorry identified as Joseph Kinyanjui was arrested at the scene. Police said that he was drunk at the time of the accident.
According to witnesses, the lorry registration number KBQ 014P that was transporting animal feeds was headed towards Nyeri town.
The driver, who was also speeding, attempted to overtake another lorry but lost control of the truck and collided with three oncoming vehicles.
The first vehicle to be hit, a Toyota station wagon, was carrying two people, a man and a woman. Both died on the spot.
A man who, according to witnesses, was headed home from a medical clinic on injuries from a previous accident was among the casualties of the second vehicle, a taxi.
His wife, who had accompanied him from the hospital in Nyeri Town, was seriously injured in the crash.
The driver of the taxi died as other motorists and police attempted to rescue him from the mangled wreckage.
Occupants of the third vehicle escaped with minor injuries.
Nyeri Central Divisional Police commander Muinde Kioko confirmed that the driver of the lorry, who escaped unhurt, had been placed in police custody for causing the accident.
“We have arrested the driver and we are still gathering facts on what transpired. But the driver appeared intoxicated at the time of the arrest,” said the police boss.
He is likely to be arraigned in court to face charges of causing death through reckless driving.
The bodies of the deceased were taken to Nyeri County Referral Hospital while the wreckage was towed to Nyeri Central Police station.