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Death toll in Kilimambogo crash rise to 18; relatives flock hospital to check on loved ones.

The wreckage of the vehicles that were involved in an accident near Kilimambogo junction killing 18 people on Sunday night.
The death toll in the Kilimambogo road crash involving a 14-seater PSV matatu and a lorry on Sunday night has risen to 18 after several more people succumbed to their injuries.

The accident, which occurred at around 7pm, is said to have happened when the driver of the KINATWA SACCO matatu KCG 851L tried to avoid hitting a motorcyclist veered off its lane and rammed onto an oncoming Isuzu lorry Reg. No. KAR 343S killing 11 people on the spot.

The KINATWA matatu was heading to Kitui from Nairobi direction heading to Kitui.

By midnight, 18 people, who included the matatu driver and ten of his passengers, among them two minors; a boy and a girl had been confirmed dead.

Others casualties were the motorcyclist who caused the accident plus a pedestrian who was caught up in the mix. The truck driver, who was trapped for hours in the cabin, also succumbed to his injuries on arrival at Thika Level 5 Hospital. It took the efforts of the Fire brigade to untrap him from the wreckage.

Those at the scene blamed the high number of casualties to the delay in arrival of ambulances which took more than two hours to arrive at the scene.

The scene was so horrific as bodies lay scattered all over the road.

Thika Town MP Patrick Wainaina arrived a few minutes after the accident and assisted in transporting the injured to hospital.

Thika Level 5 Hospital was a beehive of activity as the doctors did all they could to save those who were injured.

According to doctors at the hospital, 9 people survived with 2 of the survivors being transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital in very critical condition, while 1 is in the hospital’s ICU unit. 6 of the injured have been admitted with various injuries in the general wards.

It is alleged that the matatu had on board 22 passengers with the lorry carrying 3 passengers.

Eye witness account accused the matatu driver of overspeeding notwithstanding that it had carried more passengers than the recommended 14.

Eng. Wainaina pointed an accusing finger to traffic police officers and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), failing to understand how this matatu managed to pass all the roadblocks without being put to account.

“I fail to understand how a 14-seater matatu passed all the roadblocks with 22 people on board. Furthermore, it seems not to have a functional speed governor something that brings to the question the work of both the police and NTSA. These roadblocks are just cash cows for unscrupulous officers,” lamented the Thika legislator.

Monday morning, it was a sombre mood at the Thika Level 5 Hospital and General Kago Funeral Home as relatives of those involved flocked to know the status of their loved ones.

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