8 mourners die in Mombasa highway dawn crash

October 16, 2012 8:53 am
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The accident involving their hearse and a truck occurred at Chumvi area, near the Machakos turn-off-according to police/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 16 – Eight family members transporting the body of their kin for burial perished in a road accident on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on Tuesday morning.

The accident involving their hearse and a truck occurred at Chumvi area, near the Machakos turn-off-according to police.

“They all died on the spot. The ninth body we collected from the scene is the one that was being transported for burial,” a police officer said.

The mourners were moving the body from the coast to western Kenya when the accident occurred.

“The hearse rammed into the truck while overtaking,” the officer said.

All the nine bodies – including the one that was in the coffin have been moved to the Machakos District Hospital mortuary.

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