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20 dead as matatu collides with trailer on Nairobi-Mombasa highway



At least 20 people died Friday after a matatu they were travelling in collided with a trailer on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. The accident occured between Taru and Samburu area in Kwale County, Friday evening.

Witnesses said the 18-seater matatu hit an oncoming trailer as its driver tried to overtake.

Kinango Police boss Fred Ombaka said that among those who died in the  6pm accident were two minors.

“We have established that the matatu was trying to overtake but unfortunately the driver lost control as it approached a trailer, leading to a head-on collision,” he said.

The 18 bodies were taken to Kinago Sub County Hospital Mortuary in Kwale County.

” The matatu was being driven at a high speed and as it was overtaking, it hit the trailer on the other lane,” said a witness.

Headed to Mombasa

Mr Ombaka said the Public Service Vehicle registered to Wumeri Shuttle Company and registration number KCY 297N  was coming from Nairobi and picked other passengers at Voi Town as it headed to Mombasa.

Following the accident, police advised drivers to be cautious while driving on the highway.

” If you are tired, you can stop and rest for a while before continuing with the journey, ” he said.

Investigations on what caused the grisly accident were ongoing as we prepared this report

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