The Star (Nairobi)

14 November 2013

Kenya: Murang'a Students in Matatu Accident

SECONDARY school students from Murang'a county were involved in a road accident. The 15 students from Gitugi Girls' High School were going home from school for the end of term holiday when the matatu they were traveling in overturned after its break system failed.

One girl was seriously injured and taken to Murang'a District hospital for treatment. Murang'a traffic police boss Silas Andiema said the matatu overturned on reaching the Murang'a town bus stage.

He said the vehicle was overloaded and was speeding when its break system failed. Andiema said PSV vehicles have a tendency of speeding especially when students are going home or reporting back to school. "The matatus compete for the students and they are driven carelessly," he said.

The accident prompted a crackdown on matatus and several of them were nabbed. "We have arrested several drivers who were caught overloading and we are going to take them to court immediately," Andiema said. He said unroadworthy vehicles will not be allowed to carry students.

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