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At least 6 killed in early morning road accident

07 September 2013, 21:20

Kericho - At least six people were killed and 21 others were injured in a grisly road accident in northwest Kenya early Saturday.

Traffic police commandant Samuel Kimaru confirmed the incident, saying he suspected the driver was asleep when the accident occurred at around 5:30 a.m. local time along Kericho-Nakuru highway in the wee hours of Saturday.

"I confirm that six people died and 21 others were injured in a road accident along Kericho-Nakuru highway at around 5:30 am. I suspect the driver might have been asleep as the accident occurred very early in the morning amid heavy fog in the area," Kimaru told Xinhua.

He said among the dead were three women and two men who were in the Toyota Probox vehicle while the other deceased was a woman passenger in a bus belonging to Modern Coast Express.

He said the injured, including a woman and her child in the private vehicle, were rushed to various hospitals in Kerichoi for treatment.

Witnesses said the passenger bus was traveling to Kisumu in Western Kenya from Mombasa while the Probox was traveling from Kericho town when the vehicles were involved in head-one collision at Kapkatungor, a black spot.

The Kapkatungor section of the road is one of the most dangerous black-spots on the Kenyan highways, which claimed 100 lives in 1999.

Kimaru said they have launched investigations to determine what exactly caused the accident, which came barely ten days after 42 people were killed in another road accident in Kenya's Narok, about 90 km northwest of Nairobi.

- Xinhua

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