Four people were killed on Tuesday in a grisly accident involving four vehicles in Nyeri County along the Nyeri- Nyahururu highway in Kenya.
The accident involving a lorry and three personal cars occurred a few minutes past 3PM killing four people on the spot and injuring three others, according to Nairobi News.
The accident is said to have been caused by the lorry driver who lost control while trying to overtake another vehicle.
The driver of the lorry identified as Joseph Kinyanjui was arrested at the scene. Police said that he was drunk at the time of the accident.
According to witnesses, the lorry with registration number KBQ 014P was transporting animal feeds and was heading towards Nyeri town.
The driver, who was speeding, attempted to overtake another lorry but lost control of the truck and collided with three vehicles.
The first vehicle to be hit, a Toyota station wagon, was carrying two people, a man, and a woman. Both died on the spot.
One of them said a man who was heading home from a medical clinic after finishing treating injuries from a previous accident was among the casualties of the second vehicle, a taxi.
His wife, who had accompanied him from the hospital in Nyeri Town, was seriously injured in the crash.
The driver of the taxi, according to the witness died as other motorists and police attempted to rescue him from the wreckage vehicle.
While occupants of the third vehicle escaped with minor injuries.
Nyeri Central Divisional Police commander Muinde Kioko confirmed that the driver of the lorry, who escaped unhurt, had been placed in police custody for causing the accident.
“We have arrested the driver and we are still gathering facts on what transpired. But the driver appeared intoxicated at the time of the arrest,” said the police boss.
According to him, the driver is likely to be arraigned in court to face charges of causing death by reckless driving.
The bodies of the deceased were taken to Nyeri County Referral Hospital while the wreckage vehicles were towed to Nyeri Central Police station.
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