Two people were Thursday morning killed and over 30 others injured following separate accidents along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
In the first incident, two men died on the spot after the Matatu they were travelling in collided head on with a personal car near Mithuri area about two kilometers from Naivasha town.
Sixteen other passengers were injured and rushed to various hospitals in the lake side town and its environs.
According to a witness Peter Mwangi, the accident occurred after the driver of a private car tried to over take a fleet of vehicles and hit the matatu head on.
Mwangi said two occupants of the private vehicle were among those who sustained injuries and are recuperating in hospital.
“The driver who was heading to Nairobi from Nakuru did not notice the oncoming matatu and hit it and the two men who were seated on the front seat of the public service vehicle were killed on the spot,” he said.
He added that the accident caused a serious traffic jam with motorists using an alternative route in Naivasha town to head to their destinations.
And a few hours later, four vehicles including a matatu collided with each other near the Karai black spot injuring close to 15 people.
The accident according to a witness Jane Wambui occurred after the matatu slowed down to divert to a fuel station resulting to the multiple crash.
“The vehicle had slowed down to give way to passing vehicles on the opposite side when three other private vehicles heading in the same direction hit one another,” he said.
A senior police officer who did not want to be named confirmed the incidence saying the two bodies had been taken to the Naivasha county referral hospital mortuary.
“We are investigating how these multiple crashes occurred since it was not raining and the mangled vehicles have been towed to the Naivasha police station,” he said.
The hospital’s medical Superintendent Dr. Joseph Mburu said a total of 31 victims were rushed to the facility eight of them with serious injuries.
He said most of them were treated and discharged while others were admitted with broken limbs adding that four were referred to Nakuru level five hospital for further treatment.
“We immediately sent ambulances to the scenes of the accidents and this helped in saving more lives and those admitted are responding well to treatment”.