Eight killed in Karatina road crash

Eight people have died in a grisly road crash involving three lorries on the Nyeri-Nairobi highway.

The crash occurred at 8pm on Thursday in Kangocho, about two kilometres from Karatina Town.

Eyewitnesses said the the lorries collided head-on, killing seven people on the spot.

The eighth victim succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Karatina.

Regional traffic commander Samuel Bore on Friday told Nation.co.ke that one of the lorries ferrying goats from Isiolo to Nairobi lost control after its brakes failed.

It rammed two other lorries that were headed for Karatina.

“Six people who were watching over the goats and two of the drivers perished. The driver of the third lorry suffered serious injuries and is recuperating at Jamii Hospital in Karatina,” he said.

Witnesses said more lives would have been saved if medical personnel had attended to the victims sooner.

“Since medical staff have gone on strike, there were few people to attend to the victims. If they were still on duty maybe more lives would have been saved,” said Mr Samuel Kinyoriro, one of the few boda boda operators who were first to arrive at the crash scene.