The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Two Die in Naivasha Accident

A taxi driver and a flower farm worker died in a road accident on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway yesterday. Several people including a traffic officer were injured in the morning crash near Site estate in Naivasha.

A speed camera used by traffic police on the highway was destroyed in the accident, which involved three vehicles. The accident occurred after a lorry ferrying oranges to Nakuru from Nairobi developed a mechanical problem as it drove down hill.

A motorist, Joseph Chege said the lorry, which was moving at a high speed hit the side of his vehicle before loosing control. "After hitting my car it left the road and hit a group of flower farm workers heading for work," he said.

Chege said the lorry hit a Probox vehicle ferrying traffic police officer. He said the impact threw the Probox car some 20 metres away from the road.

"The Probox was waiting to join the highway when the lorry hit it," Chege said. Faith Njeri, a flower farm worker, who survived the accident said she heard a loud bang before she was thrown out and covered with sacks of oranges. "We were a group of around ten people when the lorry hit our car. We were saved by members of the public who took us to hospital," she said.

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