Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome has confirmed that seven passengers died on the spot and several others injured when a public service vehicle (PSV) heading to Nairobi city centre from Mwiki in Kasarani rammed into two vehicles coming in the opposite direction.
Speaking to eDaily on phone, Mr Koome said the minibus brushed off the rear side of a lorry carrying building stones at Homeland on Thika Superhighway, causing the PSV to lose control and roll into oncoming traffic.
The incident happened a few minutes past 4pm Wednesday, September 6.
“We’ve had an unfortunate incident this evening, which happened between 4:05pm and 4:10pm,” said Mr Koome.
“A public service minibus driving from Kasarani toward the city centre was involved in an accident near Homeland on Thika Super Highway. A contact between the minibus and another lorry heading in the same direction caused the minibus to lose control and veer into oncoming traffic.
“The minibus rammed into two other vehicles, a private car and a 14-seater matatu belonging to Nanyuki Shuttle. The two vehicles were moving toward Kasarani from the city centre.
“Unfortunately, we lost seven lives at the scene. The injured passengers, whose exact number we are yet to establish, have been rushed to various hospitals in the city. We are making a follow up to establish their condition. All vehicles involved in the accident have been removed from the road to restore flow of traffic.”