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Scores Injured In Freak Accident Near KVM, Thika.

The wreckage of the two vehicles that were involved in a head-on collision near KVM on Monday evening. Scores of passengers were injured in the accident.
A head-on collision near Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers Limited (KVM) on Monday evening has left scores injured, several of them with serious injuries.

A police officer who declined to be named since he is not allowed to talk to the media said that 17 people, majority of them being passengers in a 2TS matatu, were rushed to various hospitals and treated for minor injuries after their matatu was involved in a head-on collision with a Mitsubishi canter belonging to Mini Bakeries, the makers of supa loaf bread.

The accident, which occurred at around 3pm, is said to have occurred when the truck slammed into the matatu that was heading towards Makongeni from Thika Town.                                                            

According to an eyewitness, the truck was being driven at high speed and attempting to overtake several vehicles and in the process, crashed into the oncoming matatu whose driver tried to sway off the road after realising the looming danger. 

“The driver of the canter is to blame. He attempted to overtake carelessly without confirming the condition of the road. In fact, the matatu driver tried so hard to avoid the collision but he was too late,” said the eyewitness.

The accident scene was chaotic as good Samaritans attempted to remove people who had been trapped in the matatu and rush them to hospital.

“The front side of the matatu was completely crumpled and the rescuers were extracting those passengers sitting at the front seats from the metal of the wreckage,” said our witness.

Thika police were on the scene shortly and immediately helped to take the injured to hospitals and clear the road of the wreckage.

They said that they were still investigating further to ascertain the real course of the accident. Both drivers were injured in the accident and police will allow them time to recover before they can be called upon to record their statements.

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