Gatundu accident victims waited two hours for help

By: NGANGA THAIRU

Passengers of the deadly Kiambu matatu crash that killed 10 people waited two hours for help on Saturday night.

Four passengers survived and watched 10 others drown in River Nyakibai. Survivor Isack Maina said they were from coming a dowry ceremony in Nyahururu.

The matatu hit the bridge and plunged into the water at 11pm in Gatundu. Four children were among the dead.

After two hours, residents were alerted and came with axes to remove the bodies. A good samaritan took the survivors to Igegania District Hospital before they were transferred to Thika Level 5 Hospital.

Maina said during the two hours, they watched the 10 die in the river.

He said the day started with great expectation as relatives and neighbours left Gathugu village in Kandara, Murang’a county, for Sulubet, Nyahuru.

They accompanied Genario Wanyoike to pay the bride price for his wife Rosemary Njeri. Maina said the party left Sulubet at around 6pm and left Wanyoike and his wife behind. Peter Kariuki and his wife Rachael Wamuyu lost their seven-month-old daughter Faith Wanjiru.

Maina called on well-wishers to assist the families. Speaking at Thika Level 5 Hospital where he visited survivors, Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wairia said each family will get Sh100,000 for burial expenses.

He called on drivers to be cautious at night, especially during the rains. Wairia called on traffic police guarding road blocks to check road worthiness of all passenger vehicles.