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A section of a road construction site collapsed in Kangemi, Nairobi on June 21, 2021 trapping several people.

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Several feared trapped as road construction site collapses in Kangemi

NAIROBI, Kenya June 21 – Several people were feared trapped Monday after a section of a road construction site collapsed in Nairobi’s Kangemi.

Witnesses said at least seven people were seen at the site at around 5pm when a huge section collapsed, covering them.

Kangemi MCA Paul Mahamba described the incident as “unfortunate”.

“Four people have been rescued and rushed to hospital and efforts are underway to help others,” he said.

Another witness said, apart from those rescued, there were at least seven others trapped.

The incident caused a major traffic snarl-up on the busy Waiyaki Way during the rush period.

The tragedy occurred where the iconic Kangemi bridge was demolished recently to pave way for a modern on the highway that is under construction to join the Westlands-JKIA Expressway.

A youth leader in Kangemi Shawn Francis lauded the quick response by security forces and emergency teams.

“We are happy with the response because police and the emergency team were here within minutes,” he told Capital FM News.

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