Naivasha residents have been left in mourning following the deaths of five area residents in two different accidents in Mai Mahiu and Naivasha towns.
During the Sunday evening incidents, scores of passengers were injured and admitted in various hospitals.
In the first incident, the trader John Githere died on the spot after he rammed into the rear of a truck near Mai Mahiu town.
Githere who was the proprietor of Tamasha bar in Nairobi was on his way to Naivasha from Nairobi when the accident occurred.
According to a witness, the Range Rover that he was driving rammed into the rear of a slow-moving truck near Governor's area along the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road leading to his death.
A witness, John Ngure said that the ill-fated car was at high speed when it hit the truck that was ferrying water to Western Kenya.
“The range rover was extensively damaged on impact and the driver who was alone died on the spot while the truck was slightly damaged,” he said.
In the second incident, four people died and scores of others were injured following an accident involving a personal car and a Nissan matatu.
The personal car was overtaking a fleet of cars near Delamere fly-over near Naivasha town when it rammed head-on into the coming Nissan.
The driver of the car and one passenger from the Nissan died on the spot while two others succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment.
A witness, Joseph Kuria, blamed the driver of the personal car for the midday accident which had adversely affected the flow of traffic.
“The driver of the personal car was overtaking a bus on a corner near the fly-over when he ended up ramming head-on into the incoming matatu,” he said.
Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru confirmed the two accidents adding that inquest files had been opened as part of their investigations.
“In both cases, speeding was to blame in the Naivasha and Mai Mahiu accidents and in the process, lives were lost,” said the police boss.