NOT TAKING CHANCES

Fear after earth tremors hit Maai Mahiu

Some residents fled from their homes thinking another dam had burst

In Summary

• Resident Alex Mbuthia said the tremors were recorded between 5am and 7am.

• He said the incident reminded residents of the dam tragedy that killed 62 people two months ago.

Members of the public view the wreckage of a car that was involved in an accident on the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road, killing one tourist.
Members of the public view the wreckage of a car that was involved in an accident on the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road, killing one tourist.
Image: George Murage

There was a moment of scare in Maai Mahiu, Naivasha, after a series of earth tremors left residents scampering for safety Wednesday morning.

Some residents fled from their homes thinking another dam had burst as was the case two months ago. 

Resident Alex Mbuthia said the tremors were recorded between 5am and 7am.

He said the incident reminded residents of the dam tragedy that killed 62 people two months ago. Mbuthia said many fled from their houses after the second tremor.

“Those who were affected by the dam tragedy talked of rumbling grounds and this time round people didn’t want to take chances and decided to flee from their homes,” he said.

Meanwhile, a tourist died and several others were injured after a tour van collided with two trailers on the Naivasha-Maai Mahiu road.

The crash happened at midday near Governors' Camp in Longonot town.

Four tourists and the driver of the van were injured and taken to Naivasha Subcounty Hospital.

Reports indicate the driver of the tourist van was overtaking a fleet of cars when the vehicle collided head on with an oncoming trailer.

Witness Joe Maingi said on impact, the driver of van lost control of the vehicle and crashed into another trailer, leading to the death of the tourist and injuring others.

He said the van was coming from Maasai Mara and heading to Nyahururu via Naivasha. The accident disrupted transport along the road.

“All the injured were taken to Naivasha hospital but the woman who had serious head injuries was pronounced dead on arrival,” Maingi said.

Naivasha OCPD Stephen Kirui said four of the injured tourists were treated and discharged. He said they had suffered minor injuries.

“We had an accident along the Naivasha-Maai Mahiu road involving a van ferrying tourists and two trailers and unfortunately, we lost one of the visitors,” he said.

The accident happened a week after a trailer rammed into a matatu in Maai Mahiu town, killing 12 people.

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