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KENYA: Gods of Baal drink 6 killed, 9 injured along Meru-Mikinduri road

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STANDARD MEDIA – A Probox that was involved in an accident on Meru-Mikinduri road Monday night. [Phares Mutembei, Standard]

Six people died in a road accident in Meru when a Probox matatu and a pick-up collided on Monday night.

The six died minutes later at a nearby hospital.

According to Imenti North OCPD Sammy Kosgei, the accident at Giaki Junction on the Meru-Mikinduri road happened at around 9.30pm when the driver of the Toyota Probox tried to overtake a lorry.

The driver of the pick-up, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, escaped with head, hand and leg injuries.

“Five passengers in the Probox and their driver died soon on arrival at the Meru Level 5 Hospital. We are working to establish exactly how it happened and those involved,” said Mr Kosgei on Monday.

The wreckage of the two vehicles, with the Probox bearing the brunt of the impact on a road that is is usually not busy at night were towed to the police station.

Witnesses who rushed to the scene said the Probox was overloaded as it sped towards Mikunduri town.

Boniface Mwirigi and Ben Gaite, a mechanic, were among the first to arrive at the scene to help the passengers inside the mangled Probox.

“The driver of the pick-up is David Kariithi and he was driving to Meru town from Mikinduru town. We rushed him and the injured ones to Meru hospital. He was not injured as seriously as others,” said Mr Mwirigi.

“Kariithi suffered head, hand and leg injuries but he was not looking so bad. Five others who did not suffer such serious injuries were treated and discharged,” said Mwirigi.

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—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: May 29, 2018 at 08:23AM

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