11 Injured After Govt Ambulance Smashes Into Matatu

On Wednesday evening following a crash that involving an ambulance from the County Government of Kirinyaga and a matatu from NENO Sacco eleven people sustained serious injuries.

11 Injured After Govt Ambulance Smashes Into Matatu

11 people sustained serious injuries following a tragic road accident involving an ambulance from the County Government of Kirinyaga and a packed passenger matatu.

According to a report by Citizen TV, the accident took place on Wednesday, July 28 along the Embu-Nairobi highway.

Confirming the incident, Police commander Anthony Mbogo of Gichugu sub-county stated that the matatu with 9 passengers was heading to Embu from Nairobi while the ambulance was heading to Kerugoya from Embu hospital.

Embu Level 5 hospital. /FILE

“I called my officers to the scene shortly after the accident where 11 people were taken to Embu hospital. I called my officers to the scene shortly after the accident where 11 people were taken to Embu hospital,” Mbogo said.

Gichugu police said the patient in the ambulance, a middle-aged woman, was not injured.

A photo seen by Viral Tea showed the ambulance appearing to have hit the matatu as its bonnet was deformed as well as the rear-end of the matatu damaged.

Locals living along the Mwea-Embu highway led by Francis Mutegi who took the five victims to Embu Hospital have expressed concerns over the increasing number of accidents on the busy highway.

“We are not happy with the increasing fatal accidents caused by reckless drivers and that’s why we are urging the government to erect more bumps’,” Mutegi said.

According to statistics from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), more than 75 per cent of road traffic casualties are economically productive young adults. Unfortunately, buses and matatus are the vehicles most frequently involved in fatal crashes.