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At least 51 people have died in a road accident on Friday evening in Londiani in western Kenya. A truck carrying a container hit several vehicles and pedestrians at a busy intersection, police and witnesses said.

Footage of the aftermath of the accident, shown by local broadcasters, showed the wreckage of cars and motorcycles alongside damaged minibuses and trucks.

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There may still be people trapped in the ashes, we are conducting a rescue operation – said the chief of the local police to the AP agency, emphasizing that the work of rescuers is hampered by heavy rains.

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– I saw a trailer approaching at high speed. I swerved and avoided a head-on collision. The person behind me overtook me and then got hit. The trailer ran off the road and hit other vehicles, driver Peter Otieno was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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The Kenya Red Cross said 32 people were injured.

It also appealed to residents to donate blood for the injured and added that heavy rains hampered rescue operations.

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“The country is in mourning with the families who lost loved ones in the horrific road accident in Londiani,” Kenyan President William Ruto tweeted.

The accident is one of the deadliest on Kenyan roads in recent years. Last year, 34 people died in central Kenya when a bus ran off a bridge and into a river valley.

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