A matatu linked to Ungwana Sacco in Chuka was yesterday evening involved in a fatal accident at the Nithi bridge along the Meru-Nairobi highway.
The matatu was headed to Chuka from Meru when it veered off the road. The injured were rushed to Chuka County Referral Hospital while the bodies of those who died taken to the hospital’s mortuary.
According to eye witnesses, the vehicle could have developed a mechanical problem resulting to the accident.
“The vehicle’s brakes could have failed because it was on very high speed when it rolled,” said James Kimathi, one of the eye witnesses.
Nithi bridge, which is in Maara constituency, Tharaka Nithi County, is one of the black spots along the busy Meru-highway.
Several leaders and lobby groups have in the past called for a re-engineering of the Nithi Bridge and a possible re-routing to avoid the killer sharp bends.
Still, a section of Kenyans have blamed indisciplined drivers for the many accidents in the area.
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