A man died instantly while three other people sustained serious injuries in a road accident at PI market, along the Embu-Makutano road in Kirinyaga County on Saturday.
The deceased, a matatu driver, and his conductor had parked their Kutus-bound matatu at the bus stop to pick passengers at the busy shopping centre when another matatu knocked them down.
Two passengers, who were about to board the vehicle, were also knocked down by the matatu which ploughed through pavement where the passengers stood.
According to eye witnesses, the driver of the vehicle christened “Silent Flow” bearing Kettno Sacco sticker was heading towards Mwea when brakes failed and the driver diverted the vehicle to avoid colliding with an oncoming lorry.
One eye witness, Mr Francis Maina, said several pedestrians missed death by a whisker by scampering for safety during the 3pm accident.
“As he was driving on the pavement, he hit the two matatu crew and some passengers. It happened so suddenly,” said Mr Maina.
Last week, two passengers died instantly after a matatu they were traveling in rolled before being rammed by a station wagon at Difathas, about five kilometers away from Saturday’s accident.
The body of the deceased was moved to Embu Level Five Hospital mortuary while the two vehicles were towed to Wanguru Police Station. The injured were rushed to various hospitals in Embu town.