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Four schoolgirls, driver die in road accident

Four secondary schoolgirls on mid-term break perished on Friday when a matatu they were travelling in collided with a lorry and another matatu at Wamumu section of the busy Mwea-Nairobi highway in Kirinyaga County.

The driver of the vehicle the girls were travelling in also died during the accident at Mutithi village in Mwea sub-county that left 30 passengers, including students, hospitalised.

The injured students were rushed to Kerugoya Level Five hospital for emergency treatment.

“Fourteen of the victims were admitted at Kimbimbi Sub-County hospital while 15 others were admitted at Kerugoya Level Five hospital,” a medic who requested anonymity said.


The students were from four different schools, according to the County director of health Dr Hesbon Gakuo. Area head of police Mr Mutoro Kizito confirmed that the five died on impact.

Some of the survivors were trapped in the mangled wreckage and villagers and the police had to hack away metals to free them.

The manager of Raha Express Joseph Bundi said they received the report and rushed to the scene to help the passengers who were travelling in one of their vehicles. The other matatu belonged to Meru Nissan Sacco.

An eye witness, Julius Murimi, said the ill-fated Nairobi-bound matatu was overtaking a lorry when the driver realised there was an oncoming boda boda rider followed by another matatu.

“On trying to slow down to avoid hitting the rider head on, he hit the lorry and collided with the oncoming matatu,” Murimi said.