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5 people dead, 23 admitted to Hospital after Matatu collided with a tractor

5 people dead, 23 admitted to Hospital after Matatu collided with a tractor


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

KNA by Lamech Willy. A.

Five people have lost their lives in a grisly road accident, involving a 14-seater matatu that rammed into a tractor, along the Silibwet-Olenguruone road in Bomet County.

Police Reports indicate 23 passengers were rushed to Tenwek Mission Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Among the dead is the matatu driver, who is said to have been speeding moments before the crash.

The driver of the matatu, which was headed to Bomet from Olenguruone, is said to have lost control and rammed into a tractor that was traveling in the opposite direction.

Eyewitnesses said the driver was spotted dangerously swerving and switching lanes before ramming into the tractor.

Mugango Location Acting Chief, Richard Cheruiyot, said 21 passengers who were entangled in the ill-fated matatu, were rescued by good Samaritans and rushed to the Hospital.

Cheruiyot said two people were pulled-out of the tractor with serious injuries.

“The vehicle was overloaded. From the number of passengers injured, and those who lost their lives, the vehicle was carrying double its capacity,” said Chief Cheruiyot.

“A total of 23 people were rescued with serious injuries and ferried to Tenwek Hospital. All were in the matatu, except the two who were rescued from the tractor,” explained Chief Cheruiyot.

Courtesy; KNA

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