File photo of Students of JKUAT’S Cooperative University campus in Karen, Nairobi, hanging from matatu

A secondary school student tragically died on Tuesday after falling off a speeding matatu in Biretwo, Elgeyo Marakwet county.

According to witnesses, the St Peter’s Kobulwo Secondary School student was hanging from the matatu when he fell off at Tambach area.

Confirming the incident, Epke area chief Samuel Kipsat said the student was among many travelling back from Marakwet – they had been sent away for school fees.

“The vehicle is being held at Tambach police station,” he added.

County police commander Sharif Abdallah said several students had been hanging dangerously on the matatu. He added the matatu driver and conductor will be punished.

“We will take action against them for overloading and speeding,” he said.

The student’s body was taken to Iten County Referral Hospital mortuary.