, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 26 – Five people were killed and six others wounded after a lorry rammed into another truck on the opposite side of the dual carriageway in Nairobi’s Westlands area on Tuesday.
Witnesses said the truck ferrying electricity poles from Eldoret was headed to town when it veered off the dual carriageway and hit a light truck carrying 11 staff from a multi-media company, killing five of them instantly.
“I was crossing the road when I heard people shouting and then I saw the lorry driving from this side of the road and it rammed into the other truck. I was among the first people to arrive at the scene and I saw five men crushed to death,” a witness said.
All those killed were on board the light truck.
Initial reports had indicated that pedestrians were among the casualties but police confirmed that no pedestrian was affected in the 9.30 am accident.
Another witness said the driver and passengers in the truck that was ferrying electricity poles were not wounded in the accident.
“There were six people wounded in the accident, all of them were on the back of the light truck and some of them were in uniform,” another witness who only identified himself as James said.
The accident caused a major traffic snarl up which took police about two hours to clear the debris.
Witnesses said the injured people were rushed to hospital by traffic police officers and motorists in private cars.
Gigiri divisional police Chief David Kerina said bodies of the five people killed in the accident were taken to the city mortuary.
“It is very very unfortunate that we have lost five lives in this accident, those wounded have been taken to the MP Shah and Kenyatta National Hospitals but we do not know their condition,” Mr Kerina said.