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Six lives lost in grisly road accident in Meru

The accident scene at Kiengu in Igembe Central where a lorry heading to Garbatulla lost control and rammed into several cars and shops on Friday evening killing 6 people. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALLThe accident scene at Kiengu in Igembe Central where a lorry heading to Garbatulla lost control and rammed into several cars and shops on Friday evening killing 6 people. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALLBy ALEX NJERU and KEN BETT

At least six people were killed when a lorry rammed four vehicles at Kiengu market on the Maua-Farm-Garbatulla Road in Meru on Friday evening.

The vehicle heading to Garbatulla from Maua is reported to have developed mechanical problems before the driver lost its control and hit other vehicles parked by the roadside. The truck was ferrying passengers and shop supplies at the time of the accident. SPEEDING

Most of those injured were atop the lorry and were rushed to Maua Methodist Hospital for treatment. Mutwiri, a witness at the scene, told Saturday Nation that the vehicle was speeding when the accident occurred. Garbattula Deputy County Commissioner Kipchumba Rutto said preliminary investigations indicated the truck’s brakes failed.

“It was a fatal accident involving a lorry carrying goods from Garbattula headed to Maua.

The truck, which ferries goods and passengers every Friday, rammed four Toyota proboxes,” Mr Rutto said, noting six people perished in the accident.

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