ACCIDENT: Students die in Kirinyaga matatu head-on

Four students died on Friday morning, Jun 24, when two matatus transporting them collided head-on in Kirinyaga county, the Star reports.


The scene of the accident on Mwea-Makutano road in Kirinyaga county that left four students dead, June 24, 2016. PHOTO: THE STAR

The crash that happened on the Mwea-Makutano road is just one of many reported recently.

Last month on the 23rd, three people died while several others were reported injured after three matatus collided at Gigiri on Limuru Road.

According to reports, five of the victims were taken to Kenyatta National Hospital in critical condition.

On May 7, seven people lost their lives and five were injured when a fuel tanker crashed into a matatu at Ngata bridge near Salgaa, Nakuru county. The area is a well known black spot.

The drivers of the North Rift Shuttle headed for Eldoret and the tanker which was going in the opposite direction were among those killed in the 11pm accident.

In April, 2016, the National Transport and Safety Authority said the number of people killed across the country between January and March increased from 725 to 827 in the same period last year.

In the NTSA report, the change is a 14.1 percent rise in road fatalities.

The number of pedestrians killed was highest at 326, followed by passengers at 176 and cyclists at 139.

The NTSA said in January that private motorists cause the highest number of road deaths, pedestrians and motorists reporting 60 percent of the fatalities in 2015.