A businessman died on Tuesday when his lorry collided head-on with a tanker at Nyambare shopping centre, Lari constituency, on the Nairobi-Nakuru highway.
Patrick Mbachu died under treatment at Tigoni Subcounty Hospital in Limuru.
He had fractures on his legs and sustained serious injuries all over the body.
Mbachu’s loader and two occupants of the tanker were seriously injured and are receiving treatment in the same hospital.
Lari police boss Alfred Makoma said the accident happened at 5pm.
Makoma said Mbachu had left his driver at a Kwambira garage, where the lorry was being repaired, and went on a road test to Naivasha, where he sold water.
“Mbachu has a fleet of lorries and had spent the day repairing the lorry. He left his driver at a garage and went on a road test but it is so sad that he didn’t come back alive,” his cousin Jane Wairimu said.
Witnesses said the tanker’s driver lost control of the vehicle and hit Mbachu’s lorry.
“The tanker was being driven at a very high speed,” resident Paul Mwangi said.
“It sounded like a bomb had gone off. We ran away in fear they would explode but we came back to see if we could rescue anybody.”
Residents say the occupants got stuck in the wreckage and rescuers had to use axes and metal bars to free them.
“It’s only the tanker’s conductor who was not stuck. Those stuck were crying and bleeding too much,” Bedan Waweru said.