10 dead in grisly Machakos road accident 
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At least 10 people have died and scores of others seriously injured following a road accident involving a Matatu in Machakos.

Yatta subcounty police commander Jane Makau said eight people died on the spot following the accident that occurred on the Katangi-Machakos-Kitui-Nairobi road, a few kilometres from River Athi bridge.

Other independent sources told the Star that victims of the accident were rushed to Machakos Level 5 hospital for treatment.

They said the vehicle that had tens of bags of charcoal on its carrier lost control before landing in a ditch.

Images shared online showed the mangled wreckage of the vehicle lying in a ditch with items strewn around the scene.

Makau said the accident involved a 42-seater minibus that was travelling from Kitui to Machakos when it crashed Monday evening.

"Eight died on the spot in the incident that happened few minutes past 5pm today. Traffic officers from Masii police station in Mwala subcounty responded to the incident and conducted necessary actions," Makau told the Star by phone.

She said the responding officers cleared the scene and removed the bodies to Machakos Level 5 Hospital Mortuary while the wreckage was towed to Masii police station awaiting inspection.