The Star (Nairobi)

13 August 2014

Kenya: One KDF Soldier, Four Civilians Dead After Military Rover Collides With a Matatu On Makuyu - Sagana Road

A KDF soldier and four civilians have died after a military land rover collided with a matatu at Kambiti area along the Makuyu- Sagana road on Wednesday at 2pm. Fourteen others were seriously injured in the incident.

The matatu was ferrying passengers from Nanyuki to Nairobi while the military Land rover was headed to Isiolo from Kahawa, Nairobi, when the two vehicles collided head on at Kambiti area, a place that is considered a notorious black spot.

The casualties were rushed to Thika Level 5 Hospital for emergency treatment.

Murang'a County police commander, Naomi Ichami confirmed the incident and said that one person died on the spot while four died while being taken to Thika Level 5 Hospital.

"Five people have been confirmed dead after the accident. Two are female, one male (the matatu driver), a six year old child and a military officer," Ichami said.

Kiambu County chief health officer, Dr. Stephen Njuguna confirmed that 19 casualties were taken to Thika Level Five hospital whereby four were pronounced dead including the military officer.

Njuguna said that six soldiers who were injured during the accident were attended to at the hospital after which they were taken to Armed Forces Memorial. He added that two civilians who were in critical condition were referred to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialized treatment.

"Right now we have seven casualties at Thika level 5 and they are being attended to by the medics," Njuguna said.

Bernard Kioko, a commuter, suffered minor injuries from the accident. He said that he was travelling from Nanyuki to Nairobi when the military vehicle collided with the matatu he was travelling in.

Murang'a county police commander Ichami urged drivers to be cautious.

"I am appealing to all road users to be extremely cautious while using the Makuyu-Sagana road. We all know that the place is already a black spot and it has claimed so many lives. If you are a driver and you feel that you are tired, don't risk, let another driver take on," Ichami said.

Sheadded that the county government of Murang'a has already marked all black spots in the county and they are all going to be addressed through deployment of traffic officers in the areas.

The military officers were heading to Isiolo for practice but the mission was however halted.

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