Firefighter Dead in Road Accident
The firefighters were responding to a fire emergency in Mweiga when the driver lost control of the vehicle leading to the crash at around 8pm on Christmas day.
One firefighter died and two others were injured in an accident involving a fire engine belonging to Nyeri county government. The accident occurred near Muringato on the Nyeri -Nyahururu highway. The firefighters were responding to a fire emergency in Mweiga when the driver lost control of the vehicle leading to the crash at around 8pm on Christmas day.
A statement by the Nyeri county governor, Mutahi Kahiga, confirmed the accident and committed to support the family of the deceased.
The county government in 2019 purchased two fire trucks to add to the two they had previously. During the launch of the two new engines, the governor noted there was need to have a fire truck in each of the six sub counties to help mitigate the sporadic fires encountered in the county.
In January 2020, a fire engine belonging to the Nakuru county government was involved in accident at the Migaa area along the Nakuru-Eldoret Highway resulting in the death of one person. In January 2018, a fire engine was involved in a crash after the driver lost control and rammed into a wall along Ngong road. The driver who was suspected to be drunk at the time of the incident was injured and rushed to Ngong sub-district hospital for treatment.
In 2016, a fire truck owned by Kitui county government rammed into a crowd of protesters killing the former mayor for Kitui town, Mrs. Alice Mwangangi. The truck was said to be driven by an unqualified person who was not the designated driver of the truck. It was also reported that there was no fire emergency at the time of the incident.