Five killed, 7 injured after matatu rolls in Baringo

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Five people were killed and seven seriously injured when a matatu they were travelling in crashed in Bonde, Baringo County.

The driver lost control of the vehicle when it hit a pothole on the Eldama Ravine-Kabarnet road.

The vehicle swerved, rolled several times down a small cliff and landed in a thicket.

The passengers were going for an engagement ceremony at Tebei Village, barely a kilometre from the accident scene.

Witness Wilson Kangor said: “I was at Tebei shopping centre when I heard a loud bang from the notorious Bonde. We ran towards there and found that a matatu had rolled down a cliff with four bodies scattered and their personal effects strewn at the scene.”

Residents said the passengers were lost and had asked for directions at Tuluongoi trading centre.

As they asked for directions, four people at the shopping centre also said they were going for the same ceremony and offered to direct the visitors. They then boarded the 8-seater matatu.

Two of the locals who boarded the matatu at the centre are among those who died.

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