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Driver burnt to death in Voi dawn accident

A driver in a Nairobi-bound truck was burnt beyond recognition on Thursday morning in a dawn accident at Sinai area of Voi along Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.

Reports  from the traffic department in the county said the driver, who was trapped behind the wheel, was unable to escape the fire that engulfed his cabin after two trailers collided head-on.

Speaking to KNA on Thursday, the County Traffic Commander (CTC), Michael Muriithi said the accident happened after a trailer heading to Mombasa drove on the wrong lane and rammed into the ill-fated trailer.

Muriithi said the driver who caused the accident suffered minor bruises and had been arrested awaiting to be arraigned in court.

“He got into the wrong lane and rammed into the trailer whose driver was burnt to death,” said the traffic boss.

The  CTC  further urged road users to be cautious and observe traffic rules to prevent accidents that were easily avoidable.

The  accident caused a huge traffic snarl-up as officers from traffic department worked to remove the wrecks from the road. They were later towed to Voi Police station even as investigations were launched into the accident.

The  charred remains of the driver were taken to Moi County Referral Hospital mortuary in Voi.

By Caroline Mghoi/Wagema Mwangi

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