The driver of a fire engine, which careened off the road and rammed into a wall on Ngong Road on Thursday evening, has confessed that he was going to meet his girlfriend, when the accident occurred.
Speaking at Ngong Sub-District Hospital, where he was admitted, the driver said he was rushing to Nkoroi in Kajiado County to meet his girlfriend after several of his phone calls to her went unanswered. He had lied to his bosses that a fire broke out in the area.
A bystander, who rescued the driver from the accident scene, said that the he was dangerously speeding and must have lost control when he ran into a culvert, rammed into a wall before overturning.
“Around 8pm on Thursday, when I was headed home, I saw a speeding vehicle on Ngong road – near AIC church – run into a culvert before hitting a KWS wall. I, thereafter, rushed to the scene to rescue the driver,” said the eye witness.
The eye witness added that he could not help but notice that the driver of the fire engine reeked of alcohol.
“Alcohol bottles were lying around in the vehicle,” he said.
“The truck siren was not active, and the driver was smelling of alcohol. That indicates he was just from having fun,” said the onlooker.
The driver was supposedly headed to Nkoroi for a fire rescue call. However, his colleagues refuted claims of any cases of fire from that area on Thursday.
The driver was rushed to Ngong Sub-district hospital having sustained minor injuries on the face where he was bruised by broken glass.
Ngong residents are concerned that the wrecked truck was the only fire engine in the region and they will need other fire trucks to assist them in fire case emergencies.