At least four people died on Saturday, February 3, after an accident where a matatu they were travelling in collided with a trailer at Marina area along the Nyeri-Nyahururu Road.
The matatu operating under the management of MTN Sacco was carrying members of the Catholic Women Action from St Peters Gaitega, Murang’a County, who were from visiting the Subukia Marian Shrine
The trailer, on its part, was carrying sand and hence the impact in the crash.
In addition to the fatalities reported from the crash, several other passengers in the ill-fated matatu sustained serious injuries.
At the time of the accident, the matatu was returning to Murang’a county after what had been a successful mission in the pilgrimage.
In photos taken from the scene, the matatu’s roof and front face was damaged due to the heavy impact from the crash.
The injured were rushed to the Nyahururu County and Referral Hospital for treatment.
The cause of the collision was however not established by the time of this publication.
MTN Sacco Ltd operates on several routes including Murang’a-Nairobi, Nakuru, Thika, and Nyeri.
Cases of believers killed while on church-related engagements have been reported in the past following accidents mostly involving vehicles unfamiliar with certain routes and terrains.
Congregants prefer hired vehicles for convenience which might not be familiar with terrains and routes used in their transit.
Kisumu bus accident
The crash adds to the string of tragic accidents reported on various roads since the beginning of 2024.
On Monday, January 29, over 11 people lost their lives after another crash involving a Super Metro bus and a lorry at Ahero Junction, Kisumu County.
The driver of the bus, according to police reports had been speeding and tried to overtake before ramming into the oncoming lorry.
According to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), over 3,600 people were killed in road-related accidents in 2023 to underline the need for apt safety measures on Kenyan roads.
At the same time, the government through the Ministry of Transport noted that the number of fatalities reported in the year was lower than the previous one.