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Five killed in grisly road accident

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[The accident scene at Shangia kwa Kajeffa along Mombasa-Nairobi highway. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

A family of five members died in a tragic road accident at Taru area along the Mombasa Nairobi highway.

A man, his wife, and their three children were traveling from Mombasa to Kisumu when their private car was involved in a head-on collision with an oil tanker at Taru area in Kinango Sub-county, Kwale county.

Coast regional traffic Commandant Peter Maina said the trailer that was heading to Mombasa from Nairobi was overtaking other vehicles at a high speed and hit the oncoming private car crashing it, and killing all the five occupants instantly.

Four other people sustained serious injuries in the 5 am Saturday morning tragic accident that wiped out a whole family between Taru and Samburu areas.

“The injured who some suffered broken legs were rushed to Kinango Sub-county hospital, while the five bodies of the same family members were also taken to the hospital’s morgue,” Mr. Maina revealed.

Black spots

Maina has raised a red flag saying Taru, Samburu, Maji ya Chumvi, Shangia kwa Kajeffa, Bonje near Mazeras, and Kibarani areas being listed by Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) as blackspots have witnessed tragic accidents that have led to the loss of lives.

“Remember barely a day we lost other five people being relatives in another tragic accident at Shangia kwa Kajeffa near Mariakani weighbridge,” he said.

The relatives were from a burial ceremony in Kitui county.

Mr. Maina has warned motorists against practicing reckless driving, revealing that the driver of the private car that was involved in a tragic accident at Shangia kwa Kajeffa on Thursday mid-morning was actually drunk.

He urged all motorists plying the Mombasa Nairobi highway to remain vigilant at all times.