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40 cheat death as 1 dies in accident

17 April 2013, 13:01 Alloys Musyoka

Over 40 passengers escaped death narrowly as 1 died while undergoing treatment at Malindi district hospital after the passenger vehicle they were traveling in was involved in road accident at Mbuziwengi near new stage in Malindi district on Tuesday evening.

The deceased is said to have been rammed by passenger vehicle which was trying to avoid hitting a motorcyclist during the evening incident.

Eye witnesses said that the accident was caused by one motorcycle operator who crossed the road without considering the approaching vehicles.

“Our bus was going to Marafa in Magarini district when a speeding motorcyclist emerged from one side of the road, so our driver tried to avoid hitting him but he lost control and the car hit a bystander on the road," said one of the passengers.

Passengers claimed there was another matatu heading to the new stage from Mombasa at the scene of incident.

According to them, the matatu driver applied emergency brakes to avoid hitting same motorcyclist.  The driver of the bus heading to Marafa did the same.

They said the deceased was rammed over by the bus forcing the driver to stop.

Passengers said they had to lift the bus up to enable the deceased, who was then under the bus tyres, to be rescued.

They added that the victim who was in critical condition was rushed to Malindi district hospital but died while undergoing treatment.

The motorcyclist was however arrested by irate members of the public who accused him of causing the accident.

He was later handed over to police who arrived at the scene of the accident in time.

Malindi district Traffic Commander Bernard Ibaya said they have started investigating the incident to establish the cause.

He said those responsible will be prosecuted for flouting traffic laws.

Ibaya said that the body of the deceased was taken to Malindi district hospital mortuary.

He cautioned road users to be careful especially during this rainy season time to avoid causing avoidable accidents.

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