Four APs die in Malindi accident
10 December 2012, 10:09
Five people died among them four administration police officers after the vehicles they were traveling in were involved in a road accident at Kijiwetanga Msabaha in Malindi along Malindi Mombasa highway on Sunday afternoon.
The fatal accident involved an administration police lorry and a mini bus which collided head on, leading to the deaths of the five in the afternoon incident.
The AP lorry was ferrying police officers to Lamu while the bus was heading to Kaloleni from Malindi when the accident occurred.
According to Red Cross officials who were first in the scene for rescue mission, 27 officers were injured during the incident and were taken to different hospitals 11 being at Tawfiq private hospital and 16 in Malindi district hospital.
Musa Hassan Musa the Red Cross coordinator in the region said 6 of the officers were in critical condition and were to be airlifted to Nairobi for treatment.
He said 29 passengers were also admitted at the same hospitals with 9 being at Tawfiq and 20 others at Malindi district hospital.
“Among the 29 passengers, only the driver of the bus was seriously injured during the accident and he will be transferred to Mombasa for more treatment,” he said.
Malindi traffic boss Bernard Ibaya confirmed the incident saying that its cause has not been established.
Ibaya has called on road users to be very careful and especially this month of December when many people are traveling for holidays to avoid losing lives of innocent people.
Unconfirmed reports said that the driver of the administration police officers’ lorry lost control and swerved on the other side of the road before colliding with the approaching bus.
Few seconds after the accident, bullets rented the air as police tried to disperse a crowd that surrounded the scene of incident for fear that looters would steal properties among them fire arms which were in the vehicle involved in the accident.
Malindi district commissioner Joshua Nkanatha who visited the scene said the officers were heading to Lamu where they had been deployed for operation from Nairobi headquarters.
The DC appealed to drivers to adhere to the new traffic laws to avoid causing accidents.
“It is Christmas season and it is very important for drivers and all road users to adhere to the new traffic rules. The laws are strict and their penalties too heavy for one to bare so it's good to obey them,” warned the DC.
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