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Five people perish in a grisly accident at Manyani area in Voi 

Five people perished in a grisly accident at Manyani area in Voi sub-county on Sunday.

Four of them died on the spot after their private vehicle, a Toyota Harrier, collided head-on with a speeding trailer. The fifth person, a female, died at Mtito Andei Hospital where she had been rushed for treatment.

Confirming the accident, Taita-Taveta County Police Commander Mr. Fred Ochieng said the driver of the trailer had been arrested and would be charged with manslaughter. “All the people in the private car perished. We have the driver in court,” he said.

Police reports say the Harrier was heading to Mombasa while the trailer was headed in the opposite direction. At Manyani area, the Nairobi-bound trailer attempted to overtake and moved in the lane of the incoming vehicle leading to the head-on collision.

The bodies of the four victims were taken to Voi County Referral Hospital Mortuary while the body of the fifth victim was taken to Makindu Hospital Mortuary.

Police could not confirm if all the five victims were members of the same family. One week ago, a Chania Genesis Company bus hit a motorbike killing the river and his passenger on the spot. The conductor of the bus also died after he was trapped under the bus that had rolled.

By Wagema Mwangi

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