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Nairobi - Nine people were killed and dozens injured when a bus and truck collided early on Wednesday on a busy highway southeast of Kenya's capital, media reported.

The accident, which resulted in a fireball that incinerated both vehicles, took place near the town of Emali, 125 km southeast of Nairobi, television station NTV reported.

Pictures published by Kenya's Daily Nation newspaper showed a blackened shell of a truck on its side with wreckage strewn around it.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital, the Nation reported.

Road accidents kill between 3 000 and 13 000 Kenyans every year, according to the latest statistics on the website of the World Health Organisation (WHO).