Two killed after matatu plunges into Sondu Miriu River

Two killed after matatu plunges into Sondu Miriu River

Two people died on the spot while several others were injured after a matatu plunged into Sondu Miriu River on the Kisii-Kisumu highway.

Kericho County police commander Silas Gichunge said the matatu was heading to Eldoret when it collided with a lorry which was ferrying mattresses towards Kisii.

The accident caused a huge traffic snarl up on the usually busy Kisii-Kisumu highway.

The driver of the matatu died on the spot while one passenger was pronounced dead on arrival at Sigowet Hospital.

The police boss said the driver of the ill-fated matatu lost control of his vehicle due to what is suspected to be brake failure.

He said the number of the injured passengers could not be immediately established but his officers were already on the ground to ascertain the same.

The wrecked vehicle was pulled out of the river and and towed to Sondu Police Station.