1 dead after matatus collide head-on [Photo]

Tragic accident

A file photo of a car wreckage in an accident. 5 dead after two 14-seater matatus collide head-on along Embu-Meru highway

One person was confirmed dead and 29 others seriously injured following an accident along the Embu-Kirinyaga highway.

The accident is said to have occurred after two 14-seater matatus collided head-on at Rupingazi River bridge in Majengo area.

Three of the survivors were taken to the Embu Referral Hospital where they were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), each having gone into a coma.

NTSA report on Kenya road accidents

The accident comes just a few days after the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) announced that 2019 had recorded a higher number of deaths caused by road accidents compared to 2018.

According to the statistics compiled by NTSA, 3,123 people have lost their lives in road accidents between January and November 2019 compared with 2,827 people in the same period last year.

NTSA found that majority of road accidents are caused by road user behaviour where majority of fatalities are pedestrians.

NTSA also found that up to 83% of the people who die on Kenyan roads are men.

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