Grisly road accident leaves trail of death, destruction

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By KBC Reporter

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A multiple road accident along the Nairobi-Mai Mahiu road has left a trail of death and destruction, one person person confirmed dead, three seriously injured and eight vehicles completely burnt.

The accident occurred after a trailer ferrying drums of bitumen developed mechanical problems while going downhill before it rammed into a fleet of vehicles.

A man in one of the vehicles was burnt beyond recognition while those injured were left nursing serious burns following the early morning incident near Mai Mahiu trading center.

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Some of the vehicles burst into flames seriously burning the occupants before the trailer also went up in smoke with the fate of the occupants unclear.

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Six hours after the accident occurred, the trailer was still on fire as police sought a fire fighting engine from Nakuru town about 120kms away.

The fierce fire did not deter onlookers despite dangers inherent.

A victim Simon Mwangi who was in a lorry ferrying sand narrated how the trailer which was in high speed literally came hurtling down and sweeping all vehicles in its path.

“Both the trailer and the personal car burst into flame and things were worse by the bitumen which also caught fire seriously burning the occupants,” he said.

One of those involved in the rescue Erick Kamau said that they managed to rescue some victims in the lorries before it also burst into flames.

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He narrated told how they watched from a distance as the fire burnt the one of victims to death adding that they could do little due to the intensity of the fire.

“Those burnt down were from the personal car while the fate of the driver and conductor of the trailer are not known as the vehicle is still on fire,” he said.

The Red Cross coordinator in Naivasha Felistus Kioko confirmed that they had rushed three victims including one woman to Naivasha sub-county referral hospital.

Kioko termed their condition as serious adding that they had suffered over 70 percent burns following the morning accident.

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“We have been informed that they had been transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital for specialized treatment,” she said.

She added that they were waiting for firefighters to extinguish the burning trailer as there were fears that some people could be trapped in the wreck.

Speaking on phone, Naivasha OCPD Titus Munyoki confirmed the accident adding that the road had been completely blocked down.

The police boss said that they were still seeking the driver of the killer trailer whose fate was still unclear hours after the accident.

“Currently we are involved in extinguishing the burning trailer and clearing the road so that the flow of traffic can continue,” he said.

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