Mayhem on the road as dozens caught up in Naivasha fire tragedy
SEE ALSO :Uhuru launches Naivasha SGR operationsEmotions ran high as those affected including senior government offices moved to the scene with a view of assisting or helping those involved. A witness James Kimani blamed the recently erected speed bumps for the accident noting that there were no signs to warn motorists. Kimani said that the lorry which was going downhill hit the bumps before losing control and ramming into the oncoming vehicles. "There was heavy traffic on the road at the time and the lorry on hitting the others vehicles burst into flames trapping the victims and burning them," he said. He added that the fire spread to the others vehicles which included a Nissan matatu and the police car killing over thirty and seriously injuring others.
SEE ALSO :Siblings killed as they cross busy roadA relative only identified as Simon wept uncontrollably as he narrated how he lost his mother, wife and brother in the tragedy. "We were on our way to Nairobi from Subukia when a lorry hit us head on before bursting into flames and I was thrown out and watched as they were burnt to death," he said. Speaking at the scene, Nakuru county health chief officer Dr. Samuel Mwaura said that all the injured were referred to KNH for specialized treatment. Mwaura said that the Naivasha mortuary had recorded over thirty bodies adding that majority of them were burnt beyond recognition. "Despite the ongoing strike by the doctors we managed to raise enough personnel and attend to the injured before they were transferred to KNH," he said.
SEE ALSO :Hotels in Naivasha record low bookingsA senior police officer said that the death toll could rise as some people were still trapped in the burning wrecks. The officer said that ten vehicles and scores of people had been completely burnt after the bizarre incident at the renowned black spot. "At the moment we are keen on reopening the highway as we seek more information into this incident which has left over thirty people dead," he said.
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