Two crane drivers have been left with serious injuries after the crane that was setting up a footbridge along Lang’ata road near the Nyayo roundabout collapsed.
A source, who sought anonymity, revealed that the crane collapsed in the wee hours of the morning when it was lifting the bridge to the required position.
The two other cranes had come to recover the one which had collapsed and they too collapsed.
“The crane was lifting the bridge to place it at the position which it was required to befit and due to the loss of balance, it collapsed,” the source said.
“The two other cranes had come for the recovery of the collapsed crane and return it to the position it was supposed to be. The one at the roundabout area was removing the bridge to return the crane to its position before placing the bridge again,” the source added.
The driver of the first incident broke his leg while the second one was left with injuries too.
The engineer involved in the construction refused to reveal the exact time that the incident occurred and details on when the whole recovery plan will be concluded.
At the moment the three cranes are still at the place, with the contract engineer and the workers straining hard to finish the recovery for normal operations to be back on Lang’ata road.
Confirming the incident, Nairobi traffic police boss, Joshua Omukata has advised motorists to avoid Lang’ata road which has been closed on one side causing a traffic snarl-up.
He has requested them to use the airdrome road while drivers from Lusaka Road to Lang’ata have been advised to use the wrong side until the recovery is complete.
“Motorists from Lang’ata side are advised not to go to the roundabout but use the airdrome road and vehicles coming from Lusaka driving to Lang’ata are diverted to use the wrong side until the recovery to be done,” explained Omukata.
He said he is not sure when the recovery will be done but the process is on.