Six family members perish in Naivasha road accident

The victims were five women, a child and their driver

In Summary

• The five family members and their driver were headed to the funeral of another relative

• The car collided head-on with a truck before ramming the side by a lorry

 

Members of the public view the wreck of a personal car that was hit by two trailers in Marula Naivasha along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway killing six members of the family. Those who died during the Monday evening accident were five women and a three year old boy.
Six die in accident Members of the public view the wreck of a personal car that was hit by two trailers in Marula Naivasha along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway killing six members of the family. Those who died during the Monday evening accident were five women and a three year old boy.
Image: George Murage
Members of the public view the wreck of a personal car that was hit by two trailers in Marula Naivasha along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway killing six members of the family. Those who died during the Monday evening accident were five women and a three year old boy.
Six die in accident Members of the public view the wreck of a personal car that was hit by two trailers in Marula Naivasha along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway killing six members of the family. Those who died during the Monday evening accident were five women and a three year old boy.
Image: George Murage

Five of the six people killed in a road accident near Marula farm on Monday were family members on their way to bury a relative in Naivasha.

The sixth was the driver of the four women and a three-year-old child. The five died on the spot while the driver died hours later in a hospital.

The car collided head-on with a truck before ramming the side by a lorry.

Naivasha deputy OCPD John Kwasa said the car driver was overtaking a truck during the collision with another truck.

“We lost five women and a minor. The truck drivers escaped with minor injuries,” Kwasa said.

Martin Ndung’u, a relative of the victims, said the six had travelled from Njoro to Naivasha for the burial of a relative on Tuesday (yesterday).

“I have lost my sister and two nieces while the others are my cousins and a grandson,” he said.

“This is a very painful moment for the family but we are praying for strength as we prepare to lay them to rest,” a distraught Ndung’u said.

Meanwhile, a middle-aged man was crushed to death by a boulder in a quarry at Maraigushu, a few kilometres from the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.

His colleagues escaped death by a whisker. “The man died on the spot after the boulder hit him on the head. Over 40 people work in the quarry,” Kwasa said.