Six burn to death after gas cylinder explodes in matatu

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At least six people were killed and eight injured after a 14-seater matatu collided with a personal car at Kwa Majini Bridge in Yatta, Machakos County.

The injured were rushed to Matuu Level 4 hospital with serious burns, police and witnesses said.

The 14-seater PSV burst into flames after ahead-on collision with a saloon car at a diversion at Kwa Majini Bridge along Matuu-Kithimani Road in Yatta.

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The fire is said to have been caused by a gas cylinder, which exploded.

The accident occurred on Friday morning.

Machakos Police boss Issa Mohamed said eight other people who had sustained burns from the incident been evacuated for medication and had multiple injuries.

He said police are investigating the incident. “It is unfortunate we have lost six passengers.”

The collision caused a fire which trapped those trying to leave and hampered rescue mission,” he said.

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