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More die in Malindi accident

13 December 2012, 10:40 Alloys Musyoka

The number of people who died in road accident that involved AP's lorry and passenger mini-bus in Malindi on Sunday has increased to six after the driver of the mini-bus died while undergoing treatment.

The driver was referred to Coast general hospital in Mombasa from Malindi district hospital where he was first admitted but died on his way according to Red Cross coordinator Malindi and Magarini District Musa Hassan Musa.

Musa said the driver died before reaching Mombasa due to serious injuries that he sustained during the accident which also claimed lives of four soldiers.

Meanwhile, 25 administration police officers who were in critical conditions at Malindi district Hospital and Tawfiq private hospital were finally airlifted to Nairobi and another one  to Mombasa for more treatment.

Initially, the number of soldiers who sustained serious injuries during the Sunday road accident was 27.

Musa said most of then had sustained head, hands and legs injuries.

“One officer was referred to Mombasa for more treatment from Malindi district hospital while 25 of his colleagues were airlifted to Nairobi due to the degree of injuries they has sustained during the accident,” said Musa.

He said the passengers who sustained minor injuries were treated and discharged with only one passenger still being admitted at Tawfiq private hospital where he is undergoing treated.

The Administration police officers were traveling from Nairobi to Lamu district for official duties when their lorry collided head on with passengers’ bus killing six people.

The accident was the fifth to be experienced that day in the area with other accidents causing minor injuries to those involved.

Many people have blamed drivers for not adhering to road laws and causing the accident that killed the six people on that Sunday .

Unconfirmed reports indicated that the driver of the AP's lorry had lost control veering off the road when it collided with the passengers’ vehicles.

Malindi DC Joshua Nkanatha said the two drivers could have avoided the accident if they both followed traffic rules.


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