Three people have been confirmed dead after a truck transporting logs veered off the road and rammed ten vehicles parked on the roadside at Dundori trading centre in Nakuru County on Thursday August 27.
Nakuru North OCPD Jacinta Mwarania told K24 Digital that the three were traders at the market.
“Their bodies have been moved to Nakuru County morgue,” revealed the area police boss.
Four other people, who sustained serious injuries following the accident, were taken to J. M. Kariuki Memorial Hospital in Ol Kalau, Nyandarua County and Nakuru County Referral Hospital in Nakuru County, said Mwarania.
Eyewitnesses earlier revealed to K24 Digital that the lorry, which was coming from Nyahururu side, first hit a power pole before ploughing into the vehicles and small-scale traders at the market.
The officer observed that the brakes of the truck which was ferrying logs from Dundori kwa Kiongo area to Nakuru may have failed, leading to the accident.
She said that the lorry was also overloaded and urged transporters to observe capacity limitations.
Mwarania also urged traders to move further away from the road.
Police arrived at the scene on Thursday afternoon to assist in rescue operation.
At least ten vehicles were mangled in the accident and several business stalls destroyed almost beyond recognition, eyewitnesses revealed.
The Kenya Power announced that electricity supply in Dundori and its environs has been cut off after a fire broke out at the trading centre following the crash.
“We have switched off [the power connection] as a public safety measure,” said Kenya Power in a statement to K24 Digital.
Besides Dundori, the other areas affected by the power outage include: Ngorika, Umoja and Wanyororo neighbourhoods.
Here are photos and a video of the grisly accident: