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Nithi Bridge: How many more will have to die for the government to take action on the killer bridge?

Wreckage of a Sienta vehicle involved in an accident at the Nithi bridge. Image/courtesy

Five people died while four others were injured in a road crash at the Nithi bridge along the Meru-Nairobi highway in Tharaka Nithi County.

The accident occurred when a truck collided with a PSV on Monday evening

According to Alex Mugambi, the Tharaka Nithi County Rescue Team patron, only one passenger in the matatu survived the crash.

He said three people and a driver who were in the truck were seriously injured. They were taken to Chuka County Referral Hospital for treatment.

“The truck was ferrying milk from Meru town when it collided head-on with the PSV that was going in the opposite direction killing five people on the spot,” said Mr Mugambi.

For years, the Nithi bridge has been a black spot, hundreds have lost their lives on the bridge with the local political leaders calling on the government to relocate the bridge to save lives on several occassions.

Local politicians themselves have election after election used the bridge as a campaign tool, promising to oversee the construction of a new bridge but that has always remained a promise.

The big question that remains now is how many more have to die to prompt the government to take action on this bridge and redesign it or completely move it to a new location

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