Two people have died while 16 others are nursing injuries after the vehicles they were travelling in were involved in two separate crashes at Shauri Moyo area along the Mombasa- Malindi highway.
Among the injured is a nephew of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho who was rushing to check on his sister who had been involved in an earlier accident at the same spot.
The first accident involved a Toyota Landcruiser carrying Joho's relative which collided head-on with a light truck while the second accident involved Joho’s nephew’s car that collided with a matatu.
Joho’s brother businessman Abu Joho was seen at the Kilifi Referal Hospital coordinating activities and soon a helicopter arrived and his son was airlifted for specialised treatment.
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Kilifi CEC for Health Charles Dadu said that two of the victims had died. Onde of them was a woman who was in the matatu to Mtwapa but a child she was with was in a stable condition.
He added that three patients were in critical condition and one was airlifted to an unknown hospital outside Kilifi County while 13 were stable and responding well to treatment.
''At around 4.30 pm today we got a phone call from my governor Amason Kingi about a grisly road accident near Mombasa cement and we dispatched ambulances to the scene and the governor called again requesting more ambulances saying that there was another accident at the same area,” he said.
He added that a total of ten ambulances were dispatched to the scenes of the accidents with the county government providing eight while Mombasa cement provided two.
Paul Muhonge, a Mombasa cement ambulance driver said that he was sent to the scene by his boss and that on arrival at the scene he discovered two people had already died.
''My vehicle carried two victims while the other ambulance carried four people in which one died and as a company, we evacuated six people,'' he said.
He added that in the first accident no one died but the occupants sustained serious injuries.
Suleiman Charo, another witness said that he was travelling to Mtwapa in the matatu when a salon car hit them from the front.
Mr Charo said he blacked out and when his eyes opened found the accident had occurred.