Kenya

Elephant smashes car, kills passenger in Meru

Elephant smashes car, kills passenger in Meru
  • The animal then sat of the Probox car, completely damaging the left side and instantly killing Ms Mwebia.

A 28-year old woman was crushed to death, after the vehicle she was travelling in hit an elephant at Kithoka area, on the Meru-Ruiri road on Monday.

The injured elephant smashed the Toyota Probox car, killing Ms Jackline Mwendwa Mwebia on the spot and slightly injuring Ms Josephine Kiogora and two others.

Eye witnesses said the accident occurred after the elephant, which was part of a herd of about six, suddenly appeared from the bush and stopped on the road in Meru County.

PROBOX

The driver of the first vehicle tried to avoid hitting the elephant but the animal moved and was hit on the leg, sending the vehicle rolling. The second vehicle hit the elephant and broke its leg.

The animal then sat of the Probox car, completely damaging the left side and instantly killing Ms Mwebia. Drivers plying the route which borders Lower Imenti Forest said the animals were putting their lives at risk.

COMPLETELY DAMAGED

“The elephant sat on the vehicle and completely damaged it. This is not a case of careless driving but failure by Kenya Wildlife services to restrain the elephants," said Mr Cyrus Muriira, one of the people who had gone to the accident scene to rescue the injured.

Mr Silas Mugambi, a taxi driver, said residents had decided to clear the bushes near the road.

"You cannot see anything coming into the road since it's bushy and dark. The relevant authorities have neglected the road," he said.