Eight people have today morning died at Musembe along Webuye-Eldoret way when a 14-seater matatu hit a stationary lorry.

Confirming the incident Kakamega Police Boss Hassan Barua said the accident occurred at 5:15am and eight people, including the matatu driver, died on the spot.

“The matatu, a part of the 2NK Sacco, was heading to Nairobi from Bungoma when it hit the lorry from behind at Musembe. Our officers rushed the injured passengers to Webuye Sub-county Hospital,” said Barua.

He could not confirm whether the accident occurred due to poor visibility or speeding of the matatu saying investigations are ongoing.

Reports indicated that eight people including the driver of the matatu died on the spot while the rest who survived were rushed to the nearby health facilities for treatment.

Police in the area could not immediately establish the cause of the road early morning crash but launched an investigation to establish the cause.

To contain the situation, law enforcement officers pitched camp in the area controlling the traffic flow that had started building up along the Highway.

The accident comes just hours after a driver who was transporting miraa died when the vehicle he was driving overturned at Bangali shopping centre in Tana River County, along the Kitui-Garissa road.

The driver was heading towards Garissa when he lost control of his vehicle after a tyre burst. The vehicle rolled several times, fatally injuring him.

“The other person was not injured. He was even calling his colleagues informing us of what was going on. He later informed us that Lawrence had passed on. I was coming back from Garissa when I found the wreckage,” stated Dorcas Kathambi who arrived minutes after the car crash.

Police had earlier issued advisory to all road users urging them to maintain caution and observe all traffic rules during the festive season.

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