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Twin brothers killed as road crashes claim 11 in two days

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Twin brothers on Monday became the latest casualties of the road carnage that has claimed 11 lives in Mombasa in the past two days.Swaleh Hamisi and Yongo Hamisi, aged 20, died on the spot after they were hit by a saloon car whose driver lost control as he avoided crashing into an oncoming trailer near Raffia Bags factory in Miritini.The brothers were pushing a handcart loaded with water fetched from a nearby fountain. The driver of the car and his two female passengers sustained injuries and were taken to hospital.At Misufini Village in Miritini, the home of the twins, villagers wept uncontrollably. Only moments earlier, the twins had cracked jokes with their friends as they went to fetch water.They were students at Mazeras Youth Polytechnic where they were taking vocational courses in mechanics and construction.The accident came less than 24 hours after Sunday evening’s crash near Mwache bridge in Kinango that claimed nine lives as 38 were admitted to Mariakani and Coast General hospitals with serious injuries.The bus, nicknamed Dream International, was heading to Kinango from Mombasa when its brakes reportedly failed. It veered off the road and hurtled down an uneven slope before plunging into a dry, rocky gulley at the foot of the ridge.Coast traffic commandant Joshua Omukata said that of the nine deaths, seven were on the spot and two in hospital.“We have 19 victims at Mariakani hospital and 19 others at Coast General Hospital,” Mr Omukata told the Nation on Monday. Investigations were on-going to determine the cause of the crash and why the vehicle’s brakes failed as has been reported by survivors...Click here