Six people perish in Mariakani accident

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BY CORRESPONDENT,MARIAKANI,7TH APRIL 2018-Six people died on Saturday morning   after a matatu they were traveling in was involved in a terrible  accident along the busy Mombasa- Nairobi Highway. Confirming the accident, which happened near Mariakani trade center , Kaloleni OCPD, Kennedy Onsando told journalists   that the accident which occurred at around 6.00 am involving  a Nissan matatu  travelling from Mombasa to Wundanyi  and it hit a  truck belonging to Deep Water Drilling Company Limited.

Those who died  are two children aged between two and four years. Police have launched a manhunt for the truck driver who escaped from the scene. ”There was a clear case of miscalculation by the truck driver who was driving to Mombasa as he entered on the opposite lane crashing the oncoming Matatu,” Onsando said. The OCPD  said that four people who included a female adult and three children died on the spot while another female adult and a child died while undergoing treatment at the Mariakani Sub county hospital.

Bodies of the deceased were taken to the Coast Provincial General Hospital (CPGH) mortuary while two passengers, one in critical condition are still admitted at the same hospital. ”Those who suffered minor injuries were treated both at the Mariakani Sub County Hospital and CPGH and later discharged,” Onsando said.

Romald Lagho, driver of the matatu said he had left Mombasa at 5.00 am and was headed for Wundanyi when the accident occurred. ”The truck appeared to have entered into our lane and hit hard against the Matatu. This truck is a heavy vehicle and its impact nearly made us fall over,” he said.



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