Two die and several others injured in a road accident
Two passengers died and several others were injured on Monday in a road accident involving a public service vehicle and a miraa transporting vehicle at Difathas market, along the Embu/Mwea highway in Kirinyaga County.
The passengers were traveling to Embu from Mwea while the miraa vehicle was traveling to Nairobi to sell the crop.
The two died as they were undergoing treatment at the Embu Level 5 hospital, alongside several others who received serious injuries in the accident.
All 14 passengers plus the driver of the Nisssan Matatu sustained injuries after the front of the vehicle got ripped off by the intensity of the impact. Also injured were the driver and the loader of the pro box that was ferrying the Miraa.
Confirming the incidents, hospital medical superintendent, Julius Munyao said the two succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment, saying several others had been admitted at the health facility, but could not confirm how many they were, and their conditions.
An eye witness, Martin Murimi blamed the accident on the speeding pro box, which he claimed was attempting to overtake another vehicle in total disregard of the oncoming Matatu.
‘’You see, these Miraa transporting vehicles which ply along this Embu-Mwea road are driven in a crazy manner, in total disregard to the traffic rules, as if their drivers live in a world of their own,’’Murimi said.
Murimi further said unfounded stories have it that traffic police along the Embu/Nairobi route are threatened with being bewitched if they enforced the traffic laws, and that this had instilled fear in them.
“It is said that enforcing traffic rules along the route is tantamount to interfering with the miraa business,” Murimi said.
He continued “Perhaps it is true, otherwise why would these vehicles be allowed to drive at such speed and there are policemen on the road?”
He said the scene at which the accident occurred was a sharp bed, where no sane driver would ever dare overtake.
Members of the public had a hectic time trying to remove the casualties from the two wreckage after some rowdy youths arrived and attempted to loot from the victims during the 10 am accident.
By the time the press arrived at the scene, there were no police officers, resulting to a heavy traffic snarl-up on both sides of the busy highway.
The Miraa vehicle was traveling to Nairobi where the crop is sold on retail basis.
By Irungu Mwangi