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Eight perish along Nairobi – Mombasa highway – KBC

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Eight people, among them three Kenya Defense Forces officers died Sunday in two separate accidents along Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

An officer, who was travelling with his colleagues to Mombasa in a lorry from Kahawa Barracks, died instantly while nine were injured.

The driver lost control of the vehicle and veered off the road causing the truck to overturn near Salama market, Mukaa sub-county.

Two other officers died while being treated at Machakos Level 5 hospital for injuries sustained in the 11am accident.

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However, Makueni County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed declined to comment on the matter saying the Kenya Defence Forces will issue a comprehensive statement.

Bodies of those killed in the crash were taken to Machakos Level 5 hospital mortuary.

In the second accident, five people died instantly after two cars collided head-on at Kanga area near Mtito Andei town.

Makueni County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed said one of the cars was overtaking a truck when the driver hit another oncoming vehicle.

The administrator blamed the accident on the drivers’ carelessness.

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