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BY CORRESPONDENT,MERU,8TH JAN,2017-Two people died while 36 other people have been injured in a road crash near Mutonga bridge in Meru County.Those who died are a driver and a psaanger.
The accident happened at around 9pm Sunday and involved two 14-seater matatus, one belonging to Meru Nissan Sacco and the other to Mekina Sacco, both operating between Meru and Nairobi. The two cars colided head on.
According to Chogoria PCEA Mission Hospital manager, Mrs Maryann Gitonga, who spoke to the press ,the driver of the Meru Nissan Sacco matatu which was coming from Chuka direction died on the spot and the passenger was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital in Tharaka-Nithi County.
“We received 27 injured passengers and two bodies,” said Mrs Gitonga.
She said some arrived in critical condition but by Monday morning most of them were out of danger.
Eye witnesses who Spoke to WWW.UPESINEWS.CO.KE said the Mekina Sacco matatu was overtaking on the climbing lane when it hit the oncoming one, killing the driver.
Red Cross Central and Eastern regions Coordinator Gitonga Mugambi has asked residents to volunteer and donate blood at the Chogoria hospital to help the injured passengers.
He urged drivers to adhere to traffic laws to avoid crashes which are claiming many lives.
Meru Nissan Sacco assistant chairperson, Ms Wanja Karuku, also asked drivers to follow traffic laws and avoid unnecessary rush.
She asked police to be alert in order to arrest and prosecute rogue drivers who have a record of reckless driving.
“This Mekina Sacco driver has three accident cases pending in court but he is still on the road,” said MS Karuku.
The driver fled the scene of the Sunday night incident.
On his part Imenti South OCPD Christonus Okutu said they have launched investigations into the incident, adding that preliminary investigations revealed that the vehicles may have been speeding at the time of the crash.