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Eleven people killed, several injured in accidents

By Antynet Ford

At least ten people were killed and 11 others were injured in an accident involving two passenger vehicles and a lorry and a trailer at the Salama Mlima Kiu area, on the Mombasa Road highway.

The collision involved two matatus, one of the Spanish Sacco and the other of Naekana, a lorry carrying construction materials and a trailer.

The deceased included two girls aged between five and eight, a boy aged about five years, three female adults and four male adults.

The police said the were headed to Nairobi direction.

According to a witnesses, the lorry driver failed to keep to his proper traffic lane and also turned right abruptly and without due care and attention hence colliding head-on with the matatus from the two saccos.

The accident also affected a saloon car that was at the scene.

Four passengers were killed on the spot while others succumbed to the injuries in hospital.

The injured were rushed to the Sultan Hamud Hospital with multiple injuries.

The rescue operations were badly hampered by rains that were being experienced in the area at that time.

The bodies were moved to a local mortuary pending identification and autopsy.

The accident affected traffic flow on the busy highway for more than two hours before more reinforcement arrived to help in managing the situation.

The highway is billed as one of the leading in accidents.

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Separately, One student died and several others left with serious injuries after the Easy Coach bus that was  ferrying Chavakali Boys High School students to Nairobi overturned at the Mamboleo roundabout in Kisumu.

More than 1,000 people have lost their lives in road accidents since January this year.

This would give an indication at least 30 people die daily in accidents, officials said.

Campaigns are on by Police and officials from the National Transport and Safety Authority to address the menace on the roads.

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