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One Dead After Matatu Rams Into Petrol Station (VIDEO)

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An attendant of a petrol station was killed after a 33-seater matatu had veered off the road into a petrol station and smashed into a fuel pump on Thursday, January 20.

CCTV footage emerged on social media showing how the unfortunate accident happened at the petrol station in Rosslyn, Gigiri, Nairobi County.

The video seen by Viral Tea showed the attendant handling a customer at the station in a small, white car in the company of her colleague.

CCTV footage of the scene at the petrol station in Rosslyn, Nairobi before the accident on January 20, 2022. /COURTESY

The matatu then appeared out of the blue but instead of slowing to a stop, it knocked down the attendant and crashed into one of the fuel pumps.

A cloud of dark smoke could be seen emanating from the accident.

The white vehicle was also hit in the process at the front. The accident left one woman dead while the other nursing injuries.

“The body of the attendant who died was taken to Kihara Level 4 Hospital morgue in Kiambu,” Karuri Sub-County Police Commander Phineas Mutwiri told The Standard on Friday, January 21.

He added that a manhunt for the driver of the matatu belonging to Runka Sacco has been launched.

The petrol station manager revealed that the driver escaped during rescue and fire containment efforts to avoid what would have been a bigger tragedy.

“One of our staff members died after she was crushed in the ribs and legs, while the injured was taken to Aga Khan Hospital, where she was treated and discharged,” he said.

The matatu sacco chairperson Steve Njoro weighed in on the status of the matatu driver’s whereabouts as he was unreachable on phone.

Documents of the driver in question are in the sacco’s possession, which will help police unravel more details into the cause of the crash.

At the moment, they suspected brake failure as one that could have led to the matatu running off the road into the petrol facility.

Statistics from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) recently released indicated that the number of fatalities from road accidents rose from 2,560 between January and September 2020 to 3,212 in the same period in 2021.

Watch the video of the unfortunate incident:

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