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BY KORIR JUMA/CORRESPONDENT,31ST MARCH 2018-Five people died on the spot while seven others were seriously injured when a matatu they were travelling in crashed in Bonde, Baringo County.
The driver of the lii fated Matatu lost control of the vehicle when it hit a pothole on the Eldama Ravine-Kabarnet road.
The vehicle swerved, rolled several times down a small cliff and landed in a thicket.
The passengers were going for an engagement ceremony at Tebei Village, barely a kilometre from the accident scene.”
Residents said the passengers were lost and had asked for directions at Tuluongoi trading centre.
As they asked for directions, four people at the shopping centre also said they were going for the same ceremony and offered to direct the visitors. They then boarded the 8-seater matatu.
Two of the locals who boarded the matatu at the centre are among those who died.
According to Baringo Central OCS Gabriel Mulei who confirmed the incident , said that four people died on the spot while the fifth died while undergoing treatment at the Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet.
“Those aboard were going to an engagement ceremony and some were locals who had volunteered to direct them. Four of them – three women and the driver – died on the spot,” he said.
Seven passengers were seriously injured and three of them have been referred to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret. The others are being treated at St Mary’s Hospital in Eldama Ravine.
The bodies of those who perished were taken to Baringo Hospital mortuary.