In Summary
  • Mr Patrick Murithi, a resident who was first at the scene, said they managed to rescue six people.
  • He said the injured were taken to Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Eight people have died while several others have been seriously injured after a matatu collided head on with a lorry at Ng’onyi in Meru County.

According to eye witnesses, the matatu was overtaking a motorbike when it collided with an oncoming lorry.

Mr Patrick Murithi, a resident who was first at the scene, said they managed to rescue six people who were taken to Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital.

“The matatu had 10 passengers and eight of them, including the driver, died, Mr Murithi said, adding that they could not immediately establish how many people were on the motorbike.

The matatu which collided with a lorry at Ng’onyi in Meru County on August 12, 2017 killing 8 people on the spot. Witnesses said it was overtaking a motorbike.  PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The matatu which collided with a lorry at Ng’onyi in Meru County on August 12, 2017 killing 8 people on the spot. Witnesses said it was overtaking a motorbike. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Central Region Kenya Red Cross Coordinator Mugambi Gitonga, who arrived at scene later, said they rescued two people.

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