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Four soccer fans die in road accident in Kenya   

MACHAKOS (Xinhua) -- Four soccer fans riding on top of a minibus were killed on Sunday when their vehicle collided with a car along Kenya’s Nairobi-Mombasa Road.

The four Gor Mahia fans were on their way to Kenyatta Stadium, in Machakos county in eastern Kenya, for the local Premier League match against Thika United.

“There was a Nissan on the opposite end and Gor fans were coming through the highway, some of them were on top of the bus. The Nissan hit the side of the bus... and four fell on the road, dying on the spot,” said one witness, Robert Maina.

The fans had earlier made several rounds in the central business district in Nairobi, shouting and whistling while hanging on the bus recklessly before they hit the road to Machakos, witnesses said. 

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EARLIER REPORT:

Road accidents claim 15 lives in Kenya

MACHAKOS (Xinhua) -- At least 15 people were killed and more than ten others injured in two separate accidents across Kenya early Sunday, the police said.

Eight passengers were killed and six others injured in an accident involving a matatu (minibus) and a truck along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway at Mwambi area in eastern Kenya.

Machakos divisional police commander Joseph Tenai said the driver lost control of the 14-seat matatu and rammed into the lorry. Tenai said six people died on the spot while two succumbed to injuries in hospital.

“The eight died after the matatu they were traveling in crashed into a stalled lorry at Mwambi area on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway at around 3 a.m.,” he said.

In another accident, seven people died after a Probox they were traveling in was swept away by floods in Githabai, Kinangop in northwest Kenya following heavy rains that pounded several parts of the East African nation.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said there is poor visibility on most roads occasioned by bad weather in most parts of the country.

“We are appealing to motorists to be extra cautious particularly during this period of heavy rains that is hampering visibility,” Boinnet said on Sunday.

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