Nine people have been declared dead and five badly injured after a Nissan matatu involved in a ghastly accident along the Mai Mahiu-Narok road.
The nine persons who embarked on a journey met with their death on Saturday night after the matatu ran into the rear of a stalled lorry before bursting into flames.
The bus which got aflame had nine people burnt beyond recognition while five others struggle for their lives. It also crippled the free flow of traffic from Satellite center down to the Mai Mahiu town as the public moved in to rescue those trapped
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The public had at a time stood at a measurable distance helplessly watching due to the intensity of the fire.
According to one of the area residents Peter Mwathi, the lorry ferrying sand developed a mechanical problem in the evening and stalled by the side of the road.
He also said that the driver of the Transline matatu which was heading to Narok from Nairobi failed to notice the stalled lorry and rammed into its rear.
The fate of the driver of the ill-fated matatu was not clear as police moved in to retrieve the charred remains of the passengers.
“There was a loud bang and the matatu burst into flames killing five people on the spot while the other four died on the way to hospital,” he said as he confirmed that the other passengers involved in the accident were seriously burnt and rushed to various hospital in critical conditions.
“Those passengers seating in the front were the most affected after they got trapped in the wreckage while those in the rear were rescued but with serious burns,” he said.
No passenger from the lorry was however injured.
Naivasha sub-county commissioner, Isaac Masinde, confirmed that the injured had been admitted at Kijabe mission hospital.
He added that police had started investigations adding that the driver of the Nissan matatu failed to spot the stalled lorry.
“Initial investigations indicate that the driver of the Nissan matatu which was in high speed failed to see the stalled lorry and rammed into its real before bursting into flames,” he said.
The superintendent in charge of Naivasha sub-county hospital Dr Joseph Mburu confirmed that the bodies of those burnt during the accident had been taken to the area mortuary.