By David Omurunga and Brian Okoth
Three people have been confirmed dead after a truck transporting logs veered off the road and rammed into vehicles parked on the roadside at Dundori trading centre in Nakuru County on Thursday afternoon.
Nakuru North OCPD Jacinta Mwarania has told K24 Digital that the three were traders at the market.
“Their bodies have been moved to Nakuru County morgue,” said the area police boss.
Four other people, who sustained serious injuries following the accident, were taken to different hospitals in Nakuru County, said Mwarania.
Eyewitnesses earlier told K24 Digital that the timber lorry, which was heading to Nakuru Town from Nyahururu, first hit a power pole before ploughing into vehicles and tens of small-scale traders at the market.
It remains unclear what resulted in the commercial vehicle hurtling off the road.
Police arrived at the scene Thursday afternoon to help in rescue operation.
At least ten vehicles were mangled in the accident and several business stalls destroyed almost beyond recognition, eyewitnesses said.
Shortly after the accident, the Kenya Power announced that electricity supply in Dundori and its environs had been cut off. A fire had broken 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 that were affected by the power outage include: Ngorika, Umoja and Wanyororo neighbourhoods.