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Eight Perish in Dawn Accident

Eight people died on the spot and another two injured after a Nissan Matatu they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck early this morning at Roysambu area along the Nakuru Nairobi highway.

Gilgil Sub-County police commander Joseph Onditi said the Nissan Matatu that was headed to Nairobi from Nakuru collided with the truck that was overtaking a car on its way towards Nakuru from Nairobi.

Onditi said the two people who survived the grisly accident one with life threatening and the other with minor injuries were rushed to St. Mary`s Hospital in Gilgil for treatment while the bodies of the eight passengers were taken to Gilgil Sub County Hospital Mortuary.

The management of Mololine Services that owns the Matatu said it left Nakuru for Nairobi today at 4.45 am with 9 people on board among them a staff driver on his way to Nairobi to pick one of the company`s vehicles.

The public transport company said it will use its surveillance cameras to identify passengers of the ill-fated matatu and get in touch with their relatives.

            Wrecks of the vehicles have been towed to Gilgil police station.

Police have urged motorists along the highway to observe traffic rules as a way of averting road carnage.

by Anne Mwale

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