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Overloaded matatu kills 5 in Machakos

A matatu rolled over after a rear tyre burst along Machakos-Wote road, killing five people and injuring 13 others.

The accident is said to have happened at Muumando Shopping Centre at 7:30 pm on Wednesday night.

The injured were rushed to Machakos Level Five hospital with serious multiple tissue injuries.

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Machakos County Director of Emergency Services, David Mwongela, confirmed the incident, saying that the matatu under Maptra Sacco was speeding and had excess passengers on board.

“Most of these accidents are caused by carelessness by drivers and disregard of traffic regulations. In this incident, a 14-seater matatu was over-speeding with a total of 19 people on board, which is completely unacceptable,” he said.

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“On reaching the scene of the accident, the driver lost control of the vehicle and it veered off the road and rolled several times killing the five on the spot,” Mwongela added”.

The bodies of the deceased have been taken to Machakos hospital mortuary.